lighten

  • 1 Lighten — Light en, v. t. [See {Light} to illuminate.] 1. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets. [In this sense less common than light.] [1913 Webster] A key of fire ran all… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Lighten — Light en, v. t. [See {Light} not heavy.] 1. To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden. [1913 Webster] 2. To make less burdensome or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 lighten — [v1] illuminate become light, brighten, flash, gleam, illume, irradiate, light, light up, make bright, shine; concept 624 Ant. blacken, darken, dim, dull lighten [v2] reduce weight, load allay, alleviate, ameliorate, assuage, attenuate, buoy,… …

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  • 4 Lighten — Light en (l[imac]t n), v. i. [See {Light} to alight.] To descend; to light. [1913 Webster] O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us. Book of Common Prayer [Eng. Ed.]. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 lighten — (someone s)/the load to make a difficult or upsetting situation easier to deal with. Anyway, we ll be getting a temp in next month to do some of this work so that should lighten your load …

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  • 6 lighten# — lighten vb *illuminate, illumine, light, enlighten, illustrate Antonyms: darken lighten vb alleviate, mitigate, *relieve, assuage, allay Analogous words: lessen, reduce, diminish, *decrease, abate: *moderate, temper, qualify: attenuate, extenuate …

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  • 7 lighten — Ⅰ. lighten [1] ► VERB 1) make or become lighter in weight. 2) make or become less serious. Ⅱ. lighten [2] ► VERB ▪ make or become brighter …

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  • 8 lighten — lighten1 [līt′ n] vt. [ME lightnen] 1. to make light or bright; illuminate 2. to make light or pale 3. to cause to flash in or as in lightning: with out or forth 4. Archaic to give knowledge to; enlighten vi. 1 …

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  • 9 Lighten — Light en (l[imac]t n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lightened} (l[imac]t nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lightening}.] [OE. lightenen. See {Light} to kindle, illuminate.] 1. To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 lighten — index abate (lessen), allay, alleviate, attenuate, commute, diminish, ease, extenuate …

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  • 11 lighten — [[t]la͟ɪt(ə)n[/t]] lightens, lightening, lightened 1) V ERG When something lightens or when you lighten it, it becomes less dark in colour. The sky began to lighten... [V n] Leslie lightens her hair and has now had it cut into a short, feathered… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 lighten — light|en [ˈlaıtn] v 1.) [T] to reduce the amount of work, worry, debt etc that someone has ≠ ↑increase lighten the load/burden/workload ▪ We should hire another secretary to lighten Barbara s workload. 2.) [I and T] to become brighter or less… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 lighten — light|en [ laıtn ] verb 1. ) lighten or lighten up intransitive or transitive if a situation or someone s mood lightens, or someone or something lightens it, it becomes more relaxed: Gina tried to lighten the atmosphere by telling a joke. 2. )… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 lighten — UK [ˈlaɪt(ə)n] / US verb Word forms lighten : present tense I/you/we/they lighten he/she/it lightens present participle lightening past tense lightened past participle lightened 1) lighten or lighten up [intransitive/transitive] if a situation or …

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  • 15 lighten — lighten1 lightener, n. /luyt n/, v.i. 1. to become lighter or less dark; brighten: The sky lightened after the storm. 2. to brighten or light up, as the eyes or features: Her face lightened when she heard the good news. 3. to flash as or like… …

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  • 16 lighten — verb 1 (T) to reduce the amount of work, worry, debt etc that someone has: Maybe we should hire another secretary to lighten Barbara s workload. 2 (I) if someone s face or expression lightens, they begin to look more cheerful: His whole face… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 lighten — I verb 1) the sky was beginning to lighten Syn: become/grow/get lighter, brighten 2) the first touch of dawn lightened the sky Syn: brighten, make brighter, light up, illuminate 3) he used lemon juice to lighten his hair …

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  • 18 lighten — I. verb (lightened; lightening) Etymology: Middle English lightenen, from light Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make light or clear ; illuminate 2. archaic enlighten …

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  • 19 lighten — verb Lighten is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑mood, ↑sky Lighten is used with these nouns as the object: ↑atmosphere, ↑burden, ↑load, ↑mood, ↑tone, ↑workload …

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  • 20 lighten — {{11}}lighten (1) to make less heavy, figuratively to make cheerful, mid 14c., verb from LIGHT (Cf. light) (adj.1) + EN (Cf. en) (1). {{12}}lighten (2) shed light upon, illuminate, brighten, early 14c., verb from LIGHT (Cf …

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