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.

14th Century

First Known Use of whiten

14th century


WHITEN Defined for English Language Learners

whiten

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verb whit·en \ˈhwī-tən, ˈwī-\

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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