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brighten

[brahyt-n] /ˈbraɪt n/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to become or make bright or brighter.
Origin of brighten
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, brighten is from the Middle English word brightnen. See bright, -en1
Related forms
rebrighten, verb
unbrightened, adjective
Synonyms
lighten; cheer, gladden, lift, hearten, perk up.
Antonyms
darken; deject, sadden.
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  • "brighten your lovely features with a smile, Katherine me dear," she said gaily.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • 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 face over which my lover bent did not brighten; nor the eyes recognize him.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Wash the dripping-pan in hot water with soda in it, and rub it with sand to brighten it.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • His was a grey life, and to brighten it he had ruled off few corners for romance.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for brighten

brighten

/ˈbraɪtən/
verb
1.
to make or become bright or brighter
2.
to make or become cheerful
Derived Forms
brightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for brighten
v.

Old English *beorhtnian "to make bright" (see bright (adj.) + -en (1)). Intransitive sense, "to become brighter," attested from c.1300. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Brightened; brightening.

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