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Meaning of WHITEN

Pronunciation:  'wItun

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"

WHITEN is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: white
 Antonyms: black, blacken, melanise, melanize, nigrify
 See Also: blanco, bleach, color, colour, discolor, discolour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whit"en\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whitened}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Whitening}.] [OE. whitenen; cf. Icel. hv[=i]tna.]
    To grow white; to turn or become white or whiter; as, the
    hair whitens with age; the sea whitens with foam; the trees
    in spring whiten with blossoms.
  2. \Whit"en\, v. t.
    To make white; to bleach; to blanch; to whitewash; as, to
    whiten a wall; to whiten cloth.
          The broad stream of the Foyle then whitened by vast
          flocks of wild swans.                    --Macaulay.
    Syn: See {Blanch}.