What does brighten mean?

brighten meaning in General Dictionary

to develop bright or maybe more brilliant in order to become less dark or gloomy to get rid of to become bright or cheerful

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  • In order to make brilliant or better which will make to shine to improve the luster of to give a brighter hue to
  • become clear
  • make more cheerful through the use of shade
  • to create bright or brighter; in order to make to shine; to boost the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
  • which will make illustrious, or higher distinguished; to include luster or splendor to.
  • to enhance or alleviate by dispelling gloom or getting rid of that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to help make cheerful; because, to enhance an individual's leads.
  • to create acute or witty; to enliven.
  • to cultivate brilliant, or higher bright; in order to become less dark or depressing; to get rid of; to become brilliant or cheerful.

brighten meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English *beorhtnian "in order to make brilliant" (see-bright (adj.) + -en (1)). Intransitive feeling, "to be brighter," attested from c.1300. Figurative use from 1590s. Associated: Brightened; brightening.


brighten meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) To help make bright or brighter; which will make to shine; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.

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  • (a.) In order to make illustrious, or even more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to.
  • (a.) To enhance or ease by dispelling gloom or removing what obscures and darkens; to lose light upon; to produce cheerful; because, to brighten one's leads.
  • (a.) To make acute or amusing; to enliven.
  • (v. i.) to cultivate bright, or even more brilliant; to be less dark or gloomy; to clean up; to be bright or cheerful.

Sentence Examples with the word brighten

While the theft of the bone cast a pall on the upcoming activity, the anticipation of an outing in the mountains helped brighten their mood.

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