Translation of lighten in Spanish:

lighten

Pronunciation: /ˈlaɪtn/

vt

  • 1 (make less heavy) [load/workload] aligerar; [suitcase] quitarle peso a, aligerar (de peso); [debt] reducir*; [responsibility/conscience] descargar* to lighten the tone of a speech darle* un tono menos grave a un discurso beat the mixture well to lighten it bata bien la mezcla para que quede esponjosa
  • 2 2.1 (make brighter) [room] dar* más luz a; [sky] iluminar 2.2 (make paler) [color/hair] aclarar
  • 3 [literary/literario] [cares] aliviar; [heart] alegrar
    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.
    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.

vi

  • 1 (become less heavy) [load/weight] hacerse* más ligero or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) liviano, aligerarse

v impers

  • (British English/inglés británico) [Meteorology/Meteorología] aclarar, clarear
    More example sentences
    • As the sky began to lighten in the east, humans and lizards moved quickly through the trees, wearing earthen colors and staying as low as possible to the ground.
    • The sky was beginning to lighten in the east, which meant they were running out of time.
    • I could watch the last star fade as the sky lightened and birds began to chatter amongst themselves about the coming day.

Phrasal verbs

lighten up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
[colloquial/familiar], relajarse

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