whitening

[ hwahyt-n-ing, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt n ɪŋ, ˈwaɪt- /
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noun

a preparation for making something white; whiting.
the act or process of making or turning white.

Origin of whitening

First recorded in 1595–1605; whiten + -ing1

Definition for whitening (2 of 2)

whiten

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

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become white.

Origin of whiten

1250–1300; Middle English whitenen; see white, -en1
SYNONYMS 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.
ANTONYMS FOR whiten
Related formsun·whit·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whitening

whiten

/ (ˈwaɪtən) /

verb

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