whit·en·ing | \ˈhwīt-niŋ, 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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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 Up Ampoules, disposable vials loaded with whitening gel. Allure, "How to Whiten Your Teeth: 17 Ways to Brighten Your Smile," 9 Sep. 2017 Many Venezuelans have bodies sculpted by plastic surgery and movie star smiles from years of braces and professional whitening. Hannah Dreier, The Seattle Times, "Departing AP reporter looks back at Venezuela’s," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of whitening

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of whitening was in 1576

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