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Definitions for brighten
ˈbraɪt nbright·en

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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".

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. Isaac Asimov:

    There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.

  2. Jason Transue:

    It woke me up. I thought it was not real. I hoped that it wasn't real, she was amazing. I know everybody says that about their own kids, but you didn't even have to know the girl. Her smile would brighten up anybody's day.

  3. Daniel Webster:

    If we work upon marble, it will perish if we work upon brass, time will efface it if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

  4. Johann Kaspar Lavater:

    There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

  5. Kathy Dunleavy:

    What could have been a long lonely time for many of our residents instead gave hope and reminders that there were people out there that truly cared about them and their wellbeing, brighten A Day really does brighten a day.

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