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whitening

[hwahyt-n-ing, wahyt-]
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noun
  1. a preparation for making something white; whiting.
  2. the act or process of making or turning white.

Origin of whitening

First recorded in 1595–1605; whiten + -ing1

whiten

[hwahyt-n, wahyt-n]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become white.

Origin of whiten

1250–1300; Middle English whitenen; see white, -en1
Related formsun·whit·ened, adjective

Synonyms

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Whiten, blanch, bleach mean to make or become white. To whiten implies giving a white color or appearance by putting a substance of some kind on the outside: to whiten shoes. To blanch implies taking away natural or original color throughout: to blanch celery by growing it in the dark. To bleach implies making white by placing in (sun) light or by using chemicals: to bleach linen, hair.

Antonyms

blacken.
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Examples from the Web for whitening

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  • There was nothing in his whitening face to help me to a decision.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • His eyes were large and heavy; his long beard was whitening.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • There was a somber light in his eyes, and his lips were whitening.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Mercy stood in the middle of the floor with a tearless and whitening face.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Only her face was ashy pale, and her whitening lips quivered.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for whitening

whiten

verb
  1. to make or become white or whiter; bleach
Derived Formswhitening, noun
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