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whiten

[hwahyt-n, wahyt-n] /ˈʰwaɪt n, ˈwaɪt n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become white.
Origin of whiten
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English whitenen; see white, -en1
Related forms
unwhitened, adjective
Synonyms
Whiten, blanch, bleach mean to make or become white. To whiten implies giving a white color or appearance by putting a substance of some kind on the outside: to whiten shoes. To blanch implies taking away natural or original color throughout: to blanch celery by growing it in the dark. To bleach implies making white by placing in (sun) light or by using chemicals: to bleach linen, hair.
Antonyms
blacken.
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  • Long sheets of hail fell from the clouds, which seemed of very insignificant volume, but they could not whiten the ground.

  • Boil for one hour with the lid on the saucepan, that the steam may whiten the fat.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Melancholy was stronger than Reason, and three or four soft locks were beginning to whiten about his temples.

  • There was just enough snow to whiten the ground, but none to spare.

    Prudy Keeping House Sophie May
  • By the time she was again ready for sea, the January snows had begun to whiten the fields about St Malo.

    Marguerite De Roberval T. G. Marquis
  • He said that the teeth should be cleaned, but that it was girlish to whiten them with powder.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Oatmeal and warm water used every night and morning as a wash will whiten and soften the roughest and darkest hands.

  • I was soon despatched; and my bones left to whiten on the sand.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • Her eyelids fell, she began to whiten and to droop, and her hands twitched and trembled.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for whiten

whiten

/ˈwaɪtən/
verb
1.
to make or become white or whiter; bleach
Derived Forms
whitening, noun
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