Synonyms of lighten in English:

Share this entry

lighten 1

verb

  • 1 the first touch of dawn lightened the sky
    make lighter, make brighter, brighten, light up, illuminate, throw/cast light on, shine on, irradiate
    literaryillumine, illume
    [Antonyms] darken
  • 2 he used lemon juice to lighten his hair
    whiten, make whiter, bleach, blanch, make paler
    [Antonyms] darken
  • Definition of lighten in:

    Share this entry

     

    Synonyms of lighten in English:

    Share this entry

    lighten 2

    verb

  • 1 lightening the burden of taxation
    make lighter, lessen, reduce, decrease, diminish, ease;
    [Antonyms] increase, intensify
  • 2 his smile lightened her spirits
    cheer (up), brighten, gladden, hearten, perk up, lift, enliven, boost, buoy (up), uplift, revive, restore, revitalize
    [Antonyms] depress
  • Definition of lighten in:

    Share this entry

     

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources