• The word right has many meanings, among them a few verb senses—namely, (1) to set upright, (2) to put in order, (3) to correct, and (4) to make reparations or amends. Because right functions as a verb, righten is superfluous. 



    For example, righten would bear replacement with right in these sentences:


    Alter (1-2) is hoping to righten its way at the St. Pius X Catholic tournament in Atlanta. [Dayton Daily News]

    Righten the ivory tower with free speech power [Post and Courier]

    And in these sentences, right is a verb:

    But Walker was somehow dexterous enough to right himself and float in the game-winner. [Wall Street Journal]

    In our own little company we were occupied with a lawsuit and righting wrongs against the “Odious Bruja” and “Mr Slick”. [Financial Times]

    Reagan had righted the sinking ship by raising taxes a record amount. [Los Angeles Times]

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