whiten

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verb whit·en \ˈhwī-tən, ˈwī-\

Definition of whiten

whitened

;

whitening

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 in a Sentence

  1. His hair whitened as he aged.

  2. Bleach will whiten the linens.

  3. The new toothpaste whitens teeth.

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First Known Use of whiten

15th century


WHITEN Defined for English Language Learners

whiten

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verb

Definition of whiten for English Language Learners

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


WHITEN Defined for Kids

whiten

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verb whit·en \ˈhwī-tən, ˈwī-\

Definition of whiten for Students

whitened

;

whitening

  1. :  to make or become white or whiter Bleach whitens sheets.



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