AskDefine | Define lighten

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1 make more cheerful [syn: buoy up] [ant: weigh down]
2 make more cheerful [syn: buoy up]
3 make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room" [syn: brighten, lighten up] [ant: darken]
4 become brighter; "The sky brightened" [syn: brighten] [ant: darken]
5 become lighter; "The room lightened up" [syn: lighten up]

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  1. To become light or lighter in weight.
  2. To become less serious or more cheerful.
  3. To make light or lighter in weight.
  4. To make less serious or more cheerful.
  5. To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.
  6. To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.
  7. To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.

Derived terms


to alleviate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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