Definition of whiten in English:

whiten

Syllabification: whit·en
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wītn
 
/

verb

  • Make or become white: [with object]: snow whitened the mountain tops [no object]: she gripped the handle until her knuckles whitened
    More example sentences
    • Mike gripped the arms of his seat until his knuckles whitened.
    • It had my audience on the edge of its seats, lips parted, knuckles whitened.
    • I clench the steering wheel, my knuckles whitening.
    Synonyms
    make white, make pale, bleach, blanch, lighten, fade

Derivatives

whitener

noun
More example sentences
  • On Wednesday the focus was on the prevalent use of skin whiteners and the dangers of using products which are not approved by the health ministry.
  • A disturbing trend is that they go after easily available addictives such as whiteners and petroleum-based glues.
  • Messy, smelly fake tans, foundations that disappear before lunchtime and skin whiteners could soon be a thing of the past.

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