- a preparation for making something white; whiting.
- the act or process of making or turning white.
Origin of whitening
- to make or become white.
Origin of whiten
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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.
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Examples from the Web for whitening
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Do you turn on the TV and see ads for whitening toothpaste and fluffy toilet paper, and think, everything here is so trivial here?Life After Captivity: Shoshana Johnson Marches On
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There was nothing in his whitening face to help me to a decision.In the Valley
His eyes were large and heavy; his long beard was whitening.
There was a somber light in his eyes, and his lips were whitening.
Mercy stood in the middle of the floor with a tearless and whitening face.
Only her face was ashy pale, and her whitening lips quivered.
- to make or become white or whiter; bleach
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