- to become or make bright or brighter.
Origin of brighten
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lighten; cheer, gladden, lift, hearten, perk up.
darken; deject, sadden.
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Examples from the Web for brighten
Yes, its certainly something to brighten up the old Monday morning routine.Prince Harry Parties TOPLESS
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To brighten your winter, check out these amazing rare early color photographs of Paris about 1900.When Paris was New
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As the overall economic picture in the United States continues to brighten, the job market remains a contentious issue.Job Market’s Tough ‘New Normal’: Some Careers Aren’t Coming Back
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Eyelid lifts, which brighten the face and require little downtime, are his most popular surgeries.Who Did Nancy Pelosi's New Face?
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"Brighten your lovely features with a smile, Katherine me dear," she said gaily.Her Father's Daughter
Why should they brighten their tomahawks and sharpen their knives against each other?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
It looked grave and bare, with not even a flower in a vase to brighten it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The face over which my lover bent did not brighten; nor the eyes recognize him.The First Violin
Wash the dripping-pan in hot water with soda in it, and rub it with sand to brighten it.The Skilful Cook
- to make or become bright or brighter
- to make or become cheerful
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Word Origin and History for brighten
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