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whitening

[hwahyt-n-ing, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪt n ɪŋ, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
a preparation for making something white; whiting.
2.
the act or process of making or turning white.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; whiten + -ing1

whiten

[hwahyt-n, wahyt-n] /ˈʰwaɪt n, ˈwaɪt n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become white.
Origin
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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  • People have added washing soda to laundry for whitening for many generations.
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  • Ten bars, plenty of disco dancing, a tooth-whitening seminar and singing waiters.
  • whitening or graying of the hair is another obvious sign of aging.
  • Our police chief is often spotted raking his hand though thin, whitening hair, loosening his collar.
British Dictionary definitions for whitening

whiten

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