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[ brahyt-n ]

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to become or make bright or brighter.

    Synonyms: lift, gladden, cheer, lighten, hearten

    Antonyms: sadden, deject, darken


/ ˈbraɪtən /


  1. to make or become bright or brighter
  2. to make or become cheerful

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbrightener, noun

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Other Words From

  • re·brighten verb
  • un·brightened adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of brighten1

First recorded in 1250–1300, brighten is from the Middle English word brightnen. See bright, -en 1

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Example Sentences

We may see skies brighten a bit in the afternoon with rather mild highs from 60 to 65.

Clouds will hang tough at first, but skies should quickly brighten by the afternoon.

With one bite, all the pleasures converged — the company, the atmosphere, and those garlicky, herbed bread crumbs baked to a deep brown on top of briny seafood, brightened with freshly squeezed lemon.

Whether someone you know has moved into a new place, or has just been hanging on to their old, worn out vacuum for a bit too long, consider brightening up their space with a new vacuum cleaner.

A number of Reddit contributors pointed out that many USPS vehicles don’t have air conditioning, and that customers who leave ice water or cold drinks for carriers can brighten their day.

From Fortune

Yes, its certainly something to brighten up the old Monday morning routine.

To brighten your winter, check out these amazing rare early color photographs of Paris about 1900.

As the overall economic picture in the United States continues to brighten, the job market remains a contentious issue.

I bet if someone put that on my desk, it would instantly brighten my mood.

Eyelid lifts, which brighten the face and require little downtime, are his most popular surgeries.

She thanked them for their gifts but languidly, and did not visibly brighten when told that her husband was better.

Constance clasps her hands delightedly and begins to brighten with hope.

Now all the anxiety is over, you will brighten like this house.'

Salt, ammonia and turpentine brighten the colours of a carpet, and the latter two are objectionable to moths.

They are like a small lassie I know, who helps to brighten all the dark places in my life.





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