brighten

[ brahyt-n ]
/ ˈbraɪt n /

verb (used with or without object)

to become or make bright or brighter.

Nearby words

  1. bright-blindness,
  2. bright-eyed,
  3. bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,
  4. bright-field,
  5. bright-line spectrum,
  6. brightener,
  7. brightening agent,
  8. brightline,
  9. brightline spectrum,
  10. brightly

Origin of brighten

First recorded in 1250–1300, brighten is from the Middle English word brightnen. See bright, -en1

Related formsre·bright·en, verbun·bright·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for brighten

brighten

/ (ˈbraɪtən) /

verb

to make or become bright or brighter
to make or become cheerful
Derived Formsbrightener, noun

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Word Origin and History for brighten

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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