- to make or become bright or brighter
- to make or become happy or happier; gladden; cheer up
Origin of brightenMiddle English from Old English brihtan from beorht, bright
tr. & intr.v.bright·ened, bright·en·ing, bright·ens
To make or become bright or brighter.
(third-person singular simple present brightens, present participle brightening, simple past and past participle brightened)
- To make bright or brighter in color
- We brightened the room with a new coat of paint.
- To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to
- (figuratively) To make more cheerful and pleasant; to enliven
- to brighten one's prospects
- Having Mark around the place really brightens things up.
- (intransitive) To grow bright, or more bright in color; to clear up
- The sun starts to brighten around this time of the year.
- The sky brightened as the storm moved on.
- (intransitive) To become brighter or more cheerful in mood
- She brightened when I changed the subject.
- To make acute or witty; to enliven.
From bright + -en.