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

Origin of whiten

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English whitenen;see white, -en1

synonym study For whiten

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.

Opposites for whiten

Other words from whiten

  • un·whit·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for whiten


/ (ˈwaɪtən) /

  1. to make or become white or whiter; bleach

Derived forms of whiten

  • whitening, noun

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