brighten

verb bright·en \ ˈbrī-tᵊn \
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of brighten

brightened; brightening play \ˈbrīt-niŋ, ˈbrī-tᵊn-iŋ\
: to become bright or brighter
1 : to make bright or brighter
  • you brightened my day
2 : to enhance or intensify the flavor of (food) especially by adding an acidic element (such as citrus juice or vinegar)
  • Crisp lemon slices brighten smoky bacon and rosemary-infused trout.
  • —Melissa Roberts-Matar

brightener

play \ˈbrīt-nər, ˈbrī-tᵊn-ər\ noun

Examples of brighten in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of brighten from the Web

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First Known Use of brighten

14th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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brighten Synonyms


BRIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

brighten

Definition of brighten for English Language Learners

  • : to add more light to (something)

  • : to make (something) more colorful or cheerful

  • : to become brighter or more cheerful


BRIGHTEN Defined for Kids

brighten

verb bright·en \ ˈbrī-tᵊn \

Definition of brighten for Students

brightened; brightening
1 : to add more light to
  • Candlelight brightened the room.
2 : to make or become cheerful
  • You brightened my day.


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