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lighten

verb

1 lighten

Make more cheerful:
— The conversation lightened me up a bit.

synonyms: buoy up, lighten up.

Roget 320: be light etc. adj.; float, rise, swim, be buoyed up.    render light etc. adj.; lighten, leaven.   



2 lighten

Reduce the weight on; make lighter.

Dutch: verlichten

3 lighten

Become more cheerful:
— After a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit.

synonyms: buoy up, lighten up.

4 lighten

Make more cheerful through the use of color.

synonyms: brighten, lighten up.

Roget 420: shine, glow, glitter; glister, glisten; twinkle, gleam; flare, flare up; glare, beam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, ... show more

5 lighten

Become lighter:
— The room lightened up.

synonym: lighten up.

Dutch: oplichten
Polish: rozjarzenie się, rozjaśnienie się, rozpromienienie się, rozświetlenie się, rozproszenie się

6 lighten

Alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive:
— Lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents.

synonym: relieve.

Roget 705: be easy etc. adj.; go on smoothly, run smoothly; have full play etc. n.; go on all fours, run on all fours; obey the helm, work well.    flow with the stream, swim with the stream, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, attemper, attenuate, bank the fire, be light, beacon, blunt, break, brighten, brighten up, chasten, cheer up, constrain, control, damp, dampen, dawn ... show more.

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