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whiten

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verb whit·en \ˈhwī-tən, ˈwī-\

Simple Definition of whiten

  • : to make (something) white or whiter or to become white or whiter

Full Definition of whiten

whit·enedwhit·en·ing play \ˈhwīt-niŋ, ˈwīt-, -ən-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make white or whiter <snow whitened the hills>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become white or whiter

Examples of whiten

  1. His hair whitened as he aged.

  2. Bleach will whiten the linens.

  3. The new toothpaste whitens teeth.



14th Century

First Known Use of whiten

14th century



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