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 Millions of Interactions: CNN identified and analyzed thousands of social media posts containing hashtags related to skin whitening, such as #skinwhitening, #skinlightening, #skinwhiteningtreatment, and #whiteningcream. CNN, 19 June 2022 With Oliver now snoozing peacefully in my lap, his owner Dr. Huang tipped me back to take some imaging of my teeth before a standard cleaning and the practice's bespoke, painless whitening process. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 9 June 2022 The report, shared exclusively with CNN ahead of publishing, is the third by the ZMWG to reveal high levels of mercury in, and the global availability of, skin whitening soaps and creams. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 And yes, cosmetic whitening factors are also allowed. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 15 May 2022 Corporations were asked to respond to the naming of their products and the criticism that their products promote skin whitening and white beauty ideals in general. CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 This callout is part of 'White lies', a series by CNN's As Equals investigating skin whitening practices worldwide to expose the underlying drivers of colorism, the industry that profits from it and the cost to individuals and communities. The As Equals Team, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 After four rounds of whitening, my teeth were sparkling. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 9 Mar. 2022 The global market for skin whitening was estimated at $8 billion in 2020 -- and projected to increase by nearly half that within six years. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whitening

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jul 2022

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“Whitening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitening. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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