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Definition of 'lighten'


  1. make more cheerful; "the conversation lightened me up a bit"
       Synonyms: lighten up buoy up
       Antonyms: weigh down weigh on
  2. reduce the weight on; make lighter; "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"
  3. become more cheerful; "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
       Synonyms: lighten up buoy up
  4. make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room"
       Synonyms: brighten lighten up
       Antonyms: darken
  5. become brighter; "The sky brightened"
       Synonyms: brighten
       Antonyms: darken
  6. become lighter; "The room lightened up"
       Synonyms: lighten up
  7. alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive; "relieve the pressure and the stress"; "lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents"
       Synonyms: relieve

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