Definition of lighten in English:

lighten

Line breaks: light¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪt(ə)n
 
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verb

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.
Synonyms
make lighter, lessen, reduce, decrease, diminish, moderate, soften, ease, temper; alleviate, mitigate, allay, relieve, palliate, assuage, soothe, calm, subdue
1.1Make or become more cheerful or less serious: [with object]: she attempted a joke to lighten the atmosphere [no object]: try to lighten up and think positive
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.
Synonyms
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

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