whitening

noun
whit·​en·​ing | \ ˈ(h)wīt-niŋ How to pronounce whitening (audio) , -ᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of whitening

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

Examples of whitening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salons and beauty emporiums are shuttered, elective procedures put on hold, and dental offices unavailable for cleanings or whitenings by order of the American Dental Association. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, "DIY Hair Color, Skin Care and More: Top Salon Beauty Hacks While Isolated at Home," 10 Apr. 2020 Since most of us can't afford to shell out hundreds on professional whitening, Crest Whitestrips are the next best thing. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 11 Jan. 2020 Rare cases where doctors observed the rapid whitening—like in the 1902 BMJ study—were a source of endless consternation. Popular Science, "We finally know why stress turns your hair white," 27 Jan. 2020 And don't worry about tooth damage, as Crest avows these contain the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient that dentists use. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 11 Jan. 2020 The toothbrush costs $24.98 and the whitening kit is $39.98. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "SmileDirectClub signs exclusive deal to sell dental care at Walmart," 6 Jan. 2020 This at-home whitening treatment (safe for sensitive teeth or gums) is down to its lowest price ever. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday 2019: 100+ of the best deals you can start shopping now," 1 Dec. 2019 What kind of coverage could a CC cream really offer in comparison to a foundation? Plus, BB and CC creams went out of trend with charcoal tooth whitening and unicorn makeup. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This CC Cream Is About To Replace My Foundation For Winter," 19 Nov. 2019 Now, there is one drawback to these strips, as well as many whitening treatments: sensitivity. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Crest Whitestrips Almost Never Go On Sale — So This Amazon Prime Day Deal Is Huge," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of whitening

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 May 2020

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“Whitening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitening. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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