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brighten

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verb bright·en \ˈbrī-tən\

Simple Definition of brighten

  • : to add more light to (something)

  • : to make (something) more colorful or cheerful

  • : to become brighter or more cheerful

Full Definition of brighten

bright·enedbright·en·ing play \ˈbrīt-niŋ, ˈbrī-tən-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become bright or brighter

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make bright or brighter <you brightened my day>

bright·en·er play \ˈbrīt-nər, ˈbrī-tən-ər\ noun

Examples of brighten

  1. He brightened the picture on the television.

  2. Flowers can brighten any room.

  3. The good news brightened her mood.

  4. The sky brightened after the storm.

  5. Business prospects brightened last month.

  6. Her face brightened in relief when she heard that he was not hurt.



14th Century

First Known Use of brighten

14th century


BRIGHTEN Defined for Kids

brighten

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verb bright·en \ˈbrī-tən\

Definition of brighten

bright·enedbright·en·ing

  1. 1 :  to add more light to <Candlelight brightened the room.>

  2. 2 :  to make or become cheerful <You brightened my day.>





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