Lighten meaning

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To become lighter; brighten.
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(archaic) To enlighten.
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To be luminous; shine.
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To give off flashes of lightning.
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To make less heavy.

I lightened my backpack by removing a large textbook.

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To lessen the severity or oppressiveness of.

Lighten the workload.

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To make less worried or more cheerful.

Lighten the mood.

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To become less in weight.
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To become less oppressive, troublesome, or severe.
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To become cheerful.

The mood lightened when the party started.

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To make light or bright; illuminate.
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To make light or pale.
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To cause to flash in or as in lightning.
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(archaic) To give knowledge to; enlighten.
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To become light; grow brighter.
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To shine brightly; flash.
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To give off flashes of lightning.
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To make less severe, harsh, or troublesome.
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To make more cheerful; gladden.
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To become lighter in weight.
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To become more cheerful.
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To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.
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To make light or lighter in weight.
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To make less serious or more cheerful.
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To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.

To lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.

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(intransitive) To become light or lighter in weight.
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(intransitive) To become less serious or more cheerful.
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(intransitive) To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.
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(intransitive) To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to flash.
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To emit or disclose in, or as if in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.
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To descend; to light.
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To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.
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lighten up
  • to become less serious, angry, worried, concerned, etc.; take it easy
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Origin of lighten

  • From light +"Ž -en.

    From Wiktionary