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brighten

[brahyt-n] /ˈbraɪt n/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to become or make bright or brighter.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English brightnen. See bright, -en1
Related forms
rebrighten, verb
unbrightened, adjective
Synonyms
lighten; cheer, gladden, lift, hearten, perk up.
Antonyms
darken; deject, sadden.
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  • Their eyes began to sparkle, and their ugly faces to brighten, with an expression of strange pleasure.
  • My excuse is that winter is a-coming and any way of getting cyclists to brighten up their rides is a good one.
  • It would also brighten the prospects of other firms that are considering selling their patents.
  • If they do as they say, the unemployment picture will brighten considerably.
  • Her sweet personality lights up any room and her infectious laughter and smile can brighten anyone's day.
  • Measure its period by timing how long it takes to brighten and dim.
  • Flaming leaves brighten the hillsides with their changing colors in the fall.
  • Daylighting is simply the use of natural sunlight to brighten up a building's interior.
  • The drought-tolerant annuals planted to brighten things up were suffering, but relief was on the way.
British Dictionary definitions for brighten

brighten

/ˈbraɪtən/
verb
1.
to make or become bright or brighter
2.
to make or become cheerful
Derived Forms
brightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for brighten
v.

Old English *beorhtnian "to make bright" (see bright (adj.) + -en (1)). Intransitive sense, "to become brighter," attested from c.1300. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Brightened; brightening.

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