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 upverb

    make more cheerful

    "the conversation lightened me up a bit"

  2. lightenverb

    reduce the weight on; make lighter

    "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"

  3. lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb

    become more cheerful

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

  4. brighten, lighten up, lightenverb

    make lighter or brighter

    "The paint will brighten the room"

  5. lighten, lighten upverb

    become lighter

    "The room lightened up"

  6. relieve, lightenverb

    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. lightenverb

    To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.

  2. lightenverb

    To make light or lighter in weight.

  3. lightenverb

    To make less serious or more cheerful.

  4. lightenverb

    To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.

  5. lightenverb

    To become light or lighter in weight.

  6. lightenverb

    To become less serious or more cheerful.

  7. lightenverb

    To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lightenverb

    to descend; to light

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  2. Lightenverb

    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. Lightenverb

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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  4. Lightenverb

    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. Lightenverb

    to illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  6. Lightenverb

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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  7. Lightenverb

    to free from trouble and fill with joy

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  8. Lightenverb

    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. Lightenverb

    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. Lightenverb

    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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  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. Purvi Raniga:

    Our internal light has the power to lighten up this whole world.

  2. Michael J. Gelb:

    Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.

  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. Sally Quinn:

    O'Reilly is an entertainer and everything he does is totally subjective, including his memories, to attack him is simply to increase his ratings and the sales of his phenomenally popular books. Lighten up, everybody.

  5. Takeshi Onaga:

    I strongly call on the government to not be bound by stubborn concerns and to change their policies to lighten our burden.

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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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