What does Lighten mean?

Definitions for Lighten
ˈlaɪt nLight·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Lighten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lighten, lighten up, buoy up(verb)

    make more cheerful

    "the conversation lightened me up a bit"

  2. lighten(verb)

    reduce the weight on; make lighter

    "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"

  3. lighten, lighten up, buoy up(verb)

    become more cheerful

    "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"

  4. brighten, lighten up, lighten(verb)

    make lighter or brighter

    "The paint will brighten the room"

  5. lighten, lighten up(verb)

    become lighter

    "The room lightened up"

  6. relieve, lighten(verb)

    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"


  1. lighten(Verb)

    To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.

  2. lighten(Verb)

    To make light or lighter in weight.

  3. lighten(Verb)

    To make less serious or more cheerful.

  4. lighten(Verb)

    To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.

  5. lighten(Verb)

    To become light or lighter in weight.

  6. lighten(Verb)

    To become less serious or more cheerful.

  7. lighten(Verb)

    To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lighten(verb)

    to descend; to light

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  2. Lighten(verb)

    to burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  3. Lighten(verb)

    to grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  4. Lighten(verb)

    to make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  5. Lighten(verb)

    to illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  6. Lighten(verb)

    to emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  7. Lighten(verb)

    to free from trouble and fill with joy

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  8. Lighten(verb)

    to make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  9. Lighten(verb)

    to make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  10. Lighten(verb)

    to cheer; to exhilarate

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lighten

    līt′n, v.t. to make light or clear: (fig.) to illuminate with knowledge.—v.i. to shine like lightning: to flash: to become less dark.—ns. Light′ning, the electric flash usually followed by thunder: (Shak.) a becoming bright; Light′ning-arrest′er, an apparatus used for protecting telegraph or telephone lines, &c., from lightning-discharges; Light′ning-bug, a sort of phosphorescent beetle or firefly; Light′ning-conduc′tor, Light′ning-rod, a metallic rod for protecting buildings from lightning.

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How to say Lighten in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Lighten in a Sentence

  1. Marine Corps General Jim Jones:

    I think the policy is fine, i think we should lighten up a little bit about the importance of phone calls and signals that may or may not have been sent. I think policy is pretty stable and the Chinese relationship is very important.

  2. Mike McGlone:

    It appears Paulson was astute to lighten up some before the July plunge, they may have been part of the massive liquidation in July too.

  3. Lex Van Dam:

    The unrelenting rally in European shares continues, helped by the weak euro and improving economic data. There is no reason right now to lighten up and I continue to be a buyer.

  4. Ho Sau Mei:

    Every Sunday, I play mahjong with my siblings, it encourages communication. When people don't have enough communication with each other, mahjong can lighten the mood.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    Trump is not going to be president because he says these things that turns people off, for crying out loud, we're two days before Christmas. Lighten up man.

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Translations for Lighten

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  • alleujar, alleugerirCatalan, Valencian
  • erleichternGerman
  • aligerar, aclarar, aliviarSpanish
  • valaista, kevetä, keventää, keventyä, kirkastua, valaistua, kirkastaaFinnish
  • allégerFrench
  • alixeirarGalician
  • lumizar, gayigar, lejereskar, alejar, lejerigar, klareskar, klarigar, lumar, gayeskarIdo
  • alleggerireItalian
  • 덜어주다Korean
  • whakamāmāMāori
  • verlichtenDutch
  • aliviar, aligeirarPortuguese
  • облегча́ть, обле́гчить, осветля́ть, посветле́ть, осветли́ть, смягчи́ть, светле́ть, смягча́тьRussian

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