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Meaning of BRIGHTEN

Pronunciation:  'brItn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become brighter; "The sky brightened"
  2. [v]  make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room"
  3. [v]  become brighter; "The sjy brightened around noon"; "Her face brightened when she heard the good news"
  4. [v]  become clear; "The sky cleared after the storm"

BRIGHTEN is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: clear, clear up, light up, lighten, lighten up
 Antonyms: cloud, darken, darken, dim, overcast
 See Also: alter, brighten, change, change intensity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bright"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brightened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Brightening}.]
    Note: [From {Bright}, a.]
    1. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase
       the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
    2. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster
       or splendor to.
             The present queen would brighten her character, if
             she would exert her authority to instill virtues
             into her people.                      --Swift.
    3. To improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that
       which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to make
       cheerful; as, to brighten one's prospects.
             An ecstasy, which mothers only feel, Plays round my
             heart and brightens all my sorrow.    --Philips.
    4. To make acute or witty; to enliven. --Johnson.
  2. \Bright"en\, v. i. [AS. beorhtan.]
    To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or
    gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful.
          And night shall brighten into day.       --N. Cotton.
          And, all his prospects brightening to the last, His
          heaven commences ere world be past.      --Goldsmith.
Thesaurus Terms
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