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lighten

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lighten

  1. to become glad or hopeful the patient lightened when he heard the disease responds well to treatment Synonyms of 1lighten brighten, buck up, lighten, look up, perk (up)Words Related to 1lighten rejoice; liven (up), revive; beam, glow, radiate, sparkle; encourage, gladden, heartenNear Antonyms of 1lighten despair, despond; brood, fret, mopeAntonyms of 1lighten darken, sadden

Synonym Discussion of lighten

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable.
    • took an aspirin to relieve the pain
alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress.
    • the lotion alleviated the itching
lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight.
    • good news would lighten our worries
assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable.
    • ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful.
    • the need to mitigate barbaric laws
allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms.
    • allayed their fears

lighten

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lighten

  1. to supply with light the room was gradually lightened by the rising sun Synonyms of 2lighten bathe, beacon, emblaze, illume, illumine, irradiate, light, lightenWords Related to 2lighten brighten; beam, beat (down), radiate, shine; enhalo, halo; floodlight; highlight, spotlight; blaze, burn, fire, flame, glare, glow, ignite, incinerate, kindle; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle; gleam, glisten, glitterNear Antonyms of 2lighten dim, dull, obscure; cover, shroud, veil; douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)Antonyms of 2lighten blacken, darken, obfuscate

Synonym Discussion of lighten

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable.
    • took an aspirin to relieve the pain
alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress.
    • the lotion alleviated the itching
lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight.
    • good news would lighten our worries
assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable.
    • ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful.
    • the need to mitigate barbaric laws
allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms.
    • allayed their fears


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