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  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. 




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