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brighten


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brighten  \Bright"en\,  v.  i.  [AS.  beorhtan.] 
  To  grow  bright,  or  more  bright;  to  become  less  dark  or 
  gloomy;  to  clear  up  to  become  bright  or  cheerful. 
 
  And  night  shall  brighten  into  day  --N.  Cotton. 
 
  And  all  his  prospects  brightening  to  the  last  His 
  heaven  commences  ere  world  be  past.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brighten  \Bright"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Brightened};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Brightening}.] 
 
  Note:  [From  {Bright},  a.] 
  1.  To  make  bright  or  brighter;  to  make  to  shine;  to  increase 
  the  luster  of  to  give  a  brighter  hue  to 
 
  2.  To  make  illustrious,  or  more  distinguished;  to  add  luster 
  or  splendor  to 
 
  The  present  queen  would  brighten  her  character,  if 
  she  would  exert  her  authority  to  instill  virtues 
  into  her  people.  --Swift. 
 
  3.  To  improve  or  relieve  by  dispelling  gloom  or  removing  that 
  which  obscures  and  darkens;  to  shed  light  upon  to  make 
  cheerful;  as  to  brighten  one's  prospects. 
 
  An  ecstasy,  which  mothers  only  feel  Plays  round  my 
  heart  and  brightens  all  my  sorrow.  --Philips. 
 
  4.  To  make  acute  or  witty;  to  enliven.  --Johnson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  brighten 
  v  1:  make  lighter  or  brighter;  "The  paint  will  brighten  the  room" 
  [syn:  {lighten  up},  {lighten}]  [ant:  {darken}] 
  2:  become  clear;  "The  sky  cleared  after  the  storm"  [syn:  {clear 
  up},  {clear},  {light  up}]  [ant:  {overcast}] 
  3:  become  brighter;  "The  sjy  brightened  around  noon";  "Her  face 
  brightened  when  she  heard  the  good  news"  [ant:  {darken}] 
  4:  become  brighter;  "The  sky  brightened"  [syn:  {lighten}]  [ant: 
  {darken}] 




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