whiten

verb whit·en \ ˈhwī-tᵊn , ˈwī- \

Definition of whiten

whitened; whitening play \ˈhwīt-niŋ, ˈwīt-, -ᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
:to make white or whiter
  • snow whitened the hills
intransitive verb
: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

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

verb whit·en \ ˈhwī-tᵊn , ˈwī- \

Definition of whiten for Students

whitened; whitening
:to make or become white or whiter
  • Bleach whitens sheets.


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