What does brighten mean?

Definitions for brighten
ˈbraɪt nbright·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brighten, lighten up, lighten(verb)

    make lighter or brighter

    "The paint will brighten the room"

  2. clear up, clear, light up, brighten(verb)

    become clear

    "The sky cleared after the storm"


  1. brighten(Verb)

    To make bright or brighter in color

    We brightened the room with a new coat of paint.

    Etymology: Anglo-Saxon beorhtan.

  2. brighten(Verb)

    To add luster or splendor to

    Etymology: Anglo-Saxon beorhtan.

  3. brighten(Verb)

    To make more cheerful and pleasant; to enliven

    Having Mark around the place really brightens things up.

    Etymology: Anglo-Saxon beorhtan.

  4. brighten(Verb)

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

    Etymology: Anglo-Saxon beorhtan.

  5. brighten(Verb)

    To become brighter or more cheerful in mood

    She brightened when I changed the subject.

    Etymology: Anglo-Saxon beorhtan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brighten(adj)

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

  2. Brighten(adj)

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

  3. Brighten(adj)

    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. Brighten(adj)

    to make acute or witty; to enliven

  5. Brighten(verb)

    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. Alex
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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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We'll always be indebted to our parents for giving us the most precious gift of life, and to our teachers for illuminating our life with knowledge. All our achievements of today are the fruits of selfless contributions and relentless efforts by our parents and teachers, who like candlesticks consumed themselves just to brighten our lives.

  3. 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.

  4. Hugh Mangum:

    The irony for me is meat is the normal star of the show, but I like all of the sides, fixings and vegetables, roast some vegetables, of course, but make sure you have a great slaw and innovate a little bit. Maybe do some slaws with some new flavors : soy sauce, fish sauce and brighten everything up with a lot of acids like citrus to match with the fats and to pair well with your beer.

  5. Amir Khan:

    This innocent girl had gone to brighten the name of Pakistan, but due to bad luck in a country that accuses the world of terrorism, she became a victim of terrorism herself.

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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. acclaim
    • B. interrupt
    • C. depend
    • D. deny

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