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 Kevin Sands, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, further explains what causes pain after a whitening procedure. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 13 May 2021 This desire eventually led to skin whitening, that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar global industry in Asia today. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 14 Apr. 2021 Get this top-quality whitening system for just $99.99 (reg. $145). Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2021 This comes off the tail of the company removing the words fair, fairness, white, whitening, light, and lightening last year. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 9 Mar. 2021 Queue up Netflix, and approximately one episode later (about 30 minutes of wear), you'll be finished with your whitening session for the day. Health.com, 25 Feb. 2021 Crest also sells trays with light for more powerful whitening. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 14 Jan. 2021 With all of that information in mind, start small with 13 of the best whitening toothpastes, as recommended by the experts. Marci Robin, Allure, 22 Dec. 2020 Score 20% off this Crest Whitestrips kit, which comes with both strips and the brand’s blue light whitening system. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of whitening

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jun 2021

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“Whitening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitening. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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