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Meaning of LIGHTEN

Pronunciation:  'lItn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become lighter; "The room lightened up"
  2. [v]  become brighter; "The sky brightened"
  3. [v]  make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room"
  4. [v]  make more cheerful
  5. [v]  make more cheerful

LIGHTEN is a 7 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: brighten, buoy up, buoy up, lighten up
 Antonyms: darken, weigh down, weigh on
 See Also: alter, change, cheer, cheer, cheer up, chirk up, illume, illuminate, illumine, irradiate, light, light up, lighten, lighten



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Light"en\ (l[imac]t"'n), v. i. [See {Light} to alight.]
    To descend; to light.
          O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us.   --Book of
                                                   Common Prayer
                                                   [Eng. Ed.].
  2. \Light"en\ (l[imac]t"'n), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Lightened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lightening}.] [OE.
    lightenen. See {Light} to kindle, illuminate.]
    1. To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or
       like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of
       lightning; to flash.
             This dreadful night, That thunders, lightens, opens
             graves, and roars As doth the lion.   --Shak.
    2. To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to
       brighten; to clear, as the sky.
  3. \Light"en\, v. t. [See {Light} to illuminate.]
    1. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to
       lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the
       streets. [In this sense less common than light.]
             A key of fire ran all along the shore, And lightened
             all the river with a blaze.           --Dryden.
    2. To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten. [In this sense
       less common than enlighten.]
             Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray. --Sir
                                                   J. Davies.
    3. To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out,
       like lightning.
             His eye . . . lightens forth Controlling majesty.
    4. To free from trouble and fill with joy.
             They looked unto him, and were lightened. --Ps.
                                                   xxxiv. 5.
  4. \Light"en\, v. t. [See {Light} not heavy.]
    1. To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to
       relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship
       by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
    2. To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as,
       to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.
    3. To cheer; to exhilarate.
             Lightens my humor with his merry jests. --Shak.
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