[ hwahyt-n, wahyt-n ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt n, ˈwaɪt n /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become white.

Nearby words

  1. whiteline,
  2. whitelist,
  3. whitely,
  4. whiteman,
  5. whiteman, paul,
  6. whitener,
  7. whiteness,
  8. whitening,
  9. whiteout,
  10. whiteprint

Origin of whiten

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

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.

Related formsun·whit·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for whiten


/ (ˈwaɪtən) /


to make or become white or whiter; bleach
Derived Formswhitening, noun

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