lighten definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to produce light or lighter; illuminate or brighten.
    • In order to make (a color) less heavy.
    • Archaic To illuminate.
    • To make less significant.
    • to reduce the oppressiveness, trouble, or extent of. See Synonyms at relieve.
    • to ease of cares or concerns; gladden.
    • which will make light or clear; to light; to illuminate
    • To illuminate with understanding; to enlighten.
    • To produce or reveal in, or such as, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.
    • To clear of difficulty and fill with pleasure.
    • To make lighter, or less heavy; to lessen in weight; to ease of element of a lot or burden
    • To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate.
    • To cheer; to exhilarate.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To become lighter; brighten.
    • becoming luminous; shine.
    • to provide off flashes of lightning.
    • To become less in weight.
    • To become less oppressive, problematic, or severe.
    • In order to become cheerful.
    • To descend; to light.
    • To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to show a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash.
    • To grow less heavy; to become less dark or lowering; to enhance; to clear, due to the fact sky.
  • phrasal-verb:
    • lighten Informal To just take things less really: Everything is going to work away fine, so end stressing and reduce.
  • verb:
    • To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.
    • In order to make light or light.
    • to produce less really serious or maybe more cheerful.
    • To make better or clearer; to illuminate.
    • to be light or light.
    • In order to become less serious or even more cheerful.
    • to be better or better; to enhance.
    • make lighter or better
    • lower the body weight on; make lighter
    • make more cheerful
    • become lighter
    • be a little more cheerful
    • relieve or remove (force or tension) or make less oppressive
  • others:
    • to be light or lighter; grow light or clear up; enhance: as, the sky lightens.
    • To produce flashes of lightning; shoot-out as lightning; flash. See lightning. The lightning that lighteneth out from the one part under heaven shineth unto one other part.
    • To make light or bright; offer light to; illuminate.
    • To illuminate psychologically or spiritually; enlighten.
    • To send forth like lightning.
    • To become light or less heavy.
    • to help make light or less heavy; decrease in fat; relieve of weight: as, to lighten money by clipping or abrasion; to lighten lots or a ship.
    • which will make less burdensome or oppressive; alleviate: because, to lighten the cares of life.
    • To cheer; gladden.
    • to produce lighter in color or tone: as, to lighten the back ground of a picture.
    • To descend; subside; light.

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