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brighten

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to become glad or hopeful
  • the glum soccer player started to brighten upon being told that his injury would not jeopardize his career

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“Brighten.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/brighten. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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