brighten

verb bright·en \ ˈbrī-tᵊn \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of brighten

brightened; brightening play \ˈbrīt-niŋ, ˈbrī-tᵊn-iŋ\
intransitive verb
:to become bright or brighter
transitive verb
:to make bright or brighter
  • you brightened my day

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.

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First Known Use of brighten

14th century

brighten Synonyms

Synonyms
cheer (up), buck up, lighten, look up, perk (up)
Antonyms
darken, sadden
Related Words
rejoice; liven (up), revive; beam, glow, radiate, sparkle; encourage, gladden, hearten
Near Antonyms
despair, despond; brood, fret, mope

BRIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

brighten

verb

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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