lighten up


lightened up; lightening up; lightens up

intransitive verb

: to take things less seriously

Examples of lighten up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perfect for floral enthusiast or bookworms, this gift is guaranteed to lighten up their home. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2023 The colors are vibrant and bright, which helps lighten up a room while showing off your personality in the space. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Mar. 2024 Read the full Cancer Daily Horoscope Leo (July 23 - August 22) Connections lightening up? USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 The countdown to spring is on; and this year, Bobbi Brown wants everyone to lighten up—literally and figuratively. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 29 Feb. 2024 As my longtime friend Glenn Sapir demonstrated, lightening up your line can definitely make a difference on Lake Okeechobee. Steve Waters, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 There should be some regression to the mean as the schedule lightens up. The Courier-Journal, 25 Jan. 2024 Fans can thank Universal for pushing Ryan Gosling’s The Fall Guy back to May, according to The Hollywood Reporter, thus lightening up the release date competition a little. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 So, lighten up, enjoy the experience and let your passion shine through. Expert Panel, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lighten up was in 1911

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“Lighten up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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