Definition of brighten
- you brightened my day
- Crisp lemon slices brighten smoky bacon and rosemary-infused trout.
- —Melissa Roberts-Matar
He brightened the picture on the television.
Flowers can brighten any room.
The good news brightened her mood.
The sky brightened after the storm.
Business prospects brightened last month.
Her face brightened in relief when she heard that he was not hurt.
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: to add more light to (something)
: to make (something) more colorful or cheerful
: to become brighter or more cheerful
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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