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lighten

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[ lahyt-n ]
/ ˈlaɪt n /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of lighten

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English lightnen; see origin at light1, -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM lighten

light·en·er, noun

Other definitions for lighten (2 of 2)

lighten2
[ lahyt-n ]
/ ˈlaɪt n /

verb (used with object)
to make lighter in weight: to lighten the load on a truck.
to lessen the load of or upon: to lighten a cargo ship.
to make less burdensome or oppressive; alleviate; mitigate: to lighten taxes;to lighten someone's cares.
to cheer or gladden: Such news lightens my heart.
verb (used without object)

Origin of lighten

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English lightnen; see origin at light2, -en1
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British Dictionary definitions for lighten (1 of 2)

lighten1
/ (ˈlaɪtən) /

verb
to become or make light
(intr) to shine; glow
(intr) (of lightning) to flash
(tr) an archaic word for enlighten

British Dictionary definitions for lighten (2 of 2)

lighten2
/ (ˈlaɪtən) /

verb
to make or become less heavy
to make or become less burdensome or oppressive; mitigate
to make or become more cheerful or lively
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