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lighten 1

verb

  • 1 the sky was beginning to lighten
    become lighter, grow brighter, brighten
    [Antonyms] darken
  • 2 the first touch of dawn lightened the sky
    make lighter, make brighter, brighten, light up, illuminate, throw/cast/shed light on, shine on, irradiate, flood with light, floodlight
    literary illumine
    [Antonyms] darken
  • 3 he sometimes used lemon juice to lighten his hair
    whiten, make white(r), bleach, peroxide, blanch, make pale(r), remove colour from, fade, wash out, decolour, decolorize
    [Antonyms] blacken
  • 4 rare it thundered and lightened
    emit lightning, flash lightning
    rare fulgurate
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    lighten 2

    verb

  • 1 we intend to lighten the burden of taxation
    make lighter, lessen, reduce, decrease, diminish, moderate, soften, ease, temper;
    [Antonyms] increase, intensify
  • 2 an attempt to lighten her spirits
    cheer (up), brighten, gladden, hearten, perk up, lift, ginger up, enliven, boost, buoy (up), elate, inspire, uplift, sweeten, revive, restore, revitalize, stimulate;
    enhance, improve, leaven
    informal jazz up
    rare inspirit
    [Antonyms] depress
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