whit·​en·​ing | \ ˈhwīt-niŋ How to pronounce whitening (audio) , ˈwīt-, -ᵊn-iŋ\

Definition of whitening

1 : the act or process of making or becoming white
2 : something that is used to make white : whiting

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Since the early 1960s, black Republicans and black conservatives have seen the whitening of the Republican Party and the increasing racial extremism of the conservative movement. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Max Boot, Jackie Robinson, and the racism problem in the Republican Party," 12 Oct. 2018 Separate whites from colors and wash with a full dose of an enzyme of bleach-alternative detergent (for whitening) in the hottest water that's fabric safe. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Sweat Stains Out of White Shirts," 20 May 2015 The first one, focused on oral care including teeth whitening, is expected to start as soon as this year, while others in areas like pet food remain under consideration, the people said. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "A Toothpaste Club? Colgate to Invest in Online Startup," 2 July 2018 The Leave-No-Tooth-Unwhitened Whitener Opalescence Go $68, Amazon Buy Now These one-time-use trays come pre-loaded with whitening gel and go in like a mouth guard to cover all of your teeth, molar to molar. Barret Wertz, GQ, "The Best Teeth-Whitening Products for Any Budget," 14 May 2018 Dazzle, a local startup that offers teeth cleaning and whitening, used Peerspace to find a spot for its pop-up services, ending up in North Beach at Real Old Paper, a gallery for vintage posters. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "An Airbnb for party space? Quirky rentals abound on Peerspace," 26 May 2018 Also, be aware that tooth whitening doesn’t work on crowns or most fillings. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Here’s what it takes to whiten teeth," 28 Apr. 2018 Also, be aware that tooth whitening doesn't work on crowns or most fillings. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Apa specializes in bringing that Hollywood smile to people across industries, with whitening, veneers, and a variety of cosmetic procedures that will erase all stains and discoloration (and the memory of them). Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Got the Message: The Internet Does Not Like Her Teeth," 16 Apr. 2018

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1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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