Whiten meaning

wīt'n, hwīt'n
To make or become white or whiter, especially by bleaching.
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To make or become white or whiter.
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To make white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.
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(intransitive) To become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.

His hair had whitened with age.

The trees in spring whiten with blossoms.

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Origin of whiten

  • From Middle English whitenen, whitnen, from Old Norse hvítna (“to whiten"), from Proto-Germanic *hwÄ«tnōnÄ… (“to whiten, become white"), from Proto-Indo-European *kwind-, *kwint- (“bright"), equivalent to white +"Ž -en. Cognate with Icelandic hvítna (“to whiten"), Swedish vitna, hvitna (“to whiten"), Danish hvidne (“to whiten"). Compare Old English hwÄ«tian (“to whiten, become white, be white, make white").
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