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bright

adjective

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2 filled with much light
  • the display windows of department stores are especially bright at Christmastime

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4 having or showing quickness of mind
  • a company that is always looking for bright, ambitious college graduates

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7 serving to lift one's spirits
  • a bright and beautiful morning to begin planting our garden

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8 standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement
  • a bright new star on the operatic scene

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9 having or being an outward sign of good feelings (as of love, confidence, or happiness)
  • a room full of summer interns with bright, eager faces

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10 not stormy or cloudy
  • we'll have a picnic on the next bright day

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bright

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of bright (Entry 2 of 2)

in a manner marked by the shining or reflecting of much light
  • the storm passed, and once again the sun shone bright

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Frequently Asked Questions About bright

How does the adjective bright differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of bright are brilliant, luminous, lustrous, and radiant. While all these words mean "shining or glowing with light," bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light.

When is brilliant a more appropriate choice than bright?

While the synonyms brilliant and bright are close in meaning, brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness.

In what contexts can luminous take the place of bright?

While in some cases nearly identical to bright, luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness.

When would lustrous be a good substitute for bright?

The meanings of lustrous and bright largely overlap; however, lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without glittering.

When might radiant be a better fit than bright?

Although the words radiant and bright have much in common, radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light.

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The first known use of bright was before the 12th century

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“Bright.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bright. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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