Definition of lighten in English:


Syllabification: light·en
Pronunciation: /ˈlītn


1Make or become lighter in weight, pressure, or severity: [with object]: efforts to lighten the burden of regulation [no object]: the strain had lightened
More example sentences
  • When they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.
  • The menu has been conceived along American or lightened Continental lines, and despite an occasional, surprising flaw, the food is generally well prepared.
  • To make matters worse, Ellen wasn't lightening the homework load one bit.
make lighter, lessen, reduce, decrease, diminish, ease; alleviate, mitigate, allay, relieve, palliate, assuage
1.1Make or become more cheerful or less serious: [with object]: she attempted a joke to lighten the atmosphere [no object]: Robbie felt her spirits lighten a little
More example sentences
  • But Dad, he seriously needs to lighten up, maybe get a girlfriend or something.
  • As usual, there was a large group of rowdy sailors surrounding the table, which actually helped to lighten up the heavy atmosphere.
  • I guess they were trying to lighten up the atmosphere… or something like that.
cheer (up), brighten, gladden, hearten, perk up, lift, enliven, boost, buoy (up), uplift, revive, restore, revitalize

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