What does brighten mean?

Definitions for brighten
ˈbraɪt nbright·en

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word brighten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brighten, lighten up, lightenverb

    make lighter or brighter

    "The paint will brighten the room"

  2. clear up, clear, light up, brightenverb

    become clear

    "The sky cleared after the storm"


  1. brightenverb

    To make bright or brighter in color

    We brightened the room with a new coat of paint.

  2. brightenverb

    To add luster or splendor to

  3. brightenverb

    To make more cheerful and pleasant; to enliven

    Having Mark around the place really brightens things up.

  4. brightenverb

    To grow bright, or more bright in color; to clear up

  5. brightenverb

    To become brighter or more cheerful in mood

    She brightened when I changed the subject.

  6. Etymology: Anglo-Saxon beorhtan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Brightenverb

    Etymology: from bright.

    The purple morning rising with the year,
    Salutes the spring, as her celestial eyes
    Adorn the world, and brighten all the skies. Dryden.

    An ecstasy, that mothers only feel,
    Plays round my heart, and brightens up my sorrow,
    Like gleams of sunshine in a louring sky. Ambrose Philips, D. Moth.

    Hope elevates, and joy
    Brightens his crest. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 634.

    The present queen would brighten her character, if she would exert her authority to instil virtues into her people. Jonathan Swift.

    Yet time ennobles, or degrades each line;
    It brighten’d Craggs’s, and may darken thine. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Brightenverb

    To grow bright; to clear up; as, the sky brightens.


  1. Brighten

    Brighten is the third solo album by Alice in Chains guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell. It was released on October 29, 2021, and it is Cantrell's first independent album. The first single, "Atone", was released on July 29, 2021. The second single, "Brighten", was released on September 10, 2021. The third single, "Siren Song", was released on October 21, 2021. Brighten is Cantrell's first solo album in 19 years, since 2002's Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2. In addition to singing, Cantrell also played guitar, bass and keyboards on the album. Cantrell produced the album along with Tyler Bates. The album also features Duff McKagan on bass, Gil Sharone on drums, Greg Puciato on background vocals, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums, Tyler Bates on strings, percussion and guitar, Vincent Jones on piano, keyboards and strings, Jordan Lewis on piano, and Michael Rozon on pedal steel. The last track is a cover of Elton John's "Goodbye", which John himself approved. Cantrell described Brighten as "a journey up through darkness to light".


  1. brighten

    To brighten is to increase the amount of light or brightness in something or to make something lighter or more cheerful. This could apply to adjusting the light or color of an image, illuminating a room by opening curtains or turning on a light, or even improving someone's mood or perspective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brightenadjective

    to make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to

  2. Brightenadjective

    to make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to

  3. Brightenadjective

    to improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to make cheerful; as, to brighten one's prospects

  4. Brightenadjective

    to make acute or witty; to enliven

  5. Brightenverb

    to grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful


  1. Brighten

    Brighten is a pop rock band from Chico, California, consisting of brothers Justin and Jimmy Richards, and Alex Draper. The band has recently been on tour with This Providence, Cute Is What We Aim For, Eisley, and All Time Low. In 2007, their debut album, King vs. Queen, was released on Carbon Copy Media, without the band's full knowledge.

Anagrams for brighten »

  1. berthing

  2. bringeth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of brighten in a Sentence

  1. Divit Gupta:

    I am very happy that I'm making people smile and am able to brighten a senior's day by writing notes, my message to other kids my age is to be kind to others, help out in the community, and that you can make a difference, no matter how old you are.

  2. Makoto Noji:

    Monetary easing may be effective in prompting buy-back in 'oversold' risk assets but it is not enough to brighten the economic outlook, which market players are concerned about, when China is curtailing excessive investments, monetary stimulus would not boost China's demand much. Rather if it ends up weakening the yuan, it would fuel competition in devaluation. There's no wonder U.S. stocks have lost steam.

  3. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land. You who have it to see, welcome it--and forget not those who have fallen during the night! (Noli Me Tangere)

  4. Jessica Stanley:

    After a few years we decided to post them on the internet to share a little holiday joy with others, and the reaction has been overwhelming, ithink it'simportant to keep a healthy sense of humor – especially during a pandemic – and if the cards brighten somebody'sday even for a moment then it's totally worth it. Especially fellow parents, we allfeel a little overwhelmed at times, nobody has it all together.

  5. Yvonne Padmos:

    Friendly customer service isn't just a transaction; it's an opportunity to spread love and brighten someone's day.”

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