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

  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

  3. Lighten(verb)

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

  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

  5. Lighten(verb)

    to illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten

  6. Lighten(verb)

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

  7. Lighten(verb)

    to free from trouble and fill with joy

  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

  9. Lighten(verb)

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

  10. Lighten(verb)

    to cheer; to exhilarate

  11. Origin: [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.

How to pronounce Lighten?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Lighten in sign language?

  1. lighten


  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. Jimmy Kimmel:

    You know, I was trying to lighten the mood.

  2. Thomas Traherne:

    More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.

  3. Frank Tyger:

    If you cannot lift the load off another's back, do not walk away. Try to lighten it.

  4. Barbara Heid:

    We can lighten the load a little bit so they can have a little more time getting to know their babies and bond.

  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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