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

  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

  3. Lightenverb

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

  4. Lightenverb

    to make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets

  5. Lightenverb

    to illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten

  6. Lightenverb

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

  7. Lightenverb

    to free from trouble and fill with joy

  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

  9. Lightenverb

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

  10. Lightenverb

    to cheer; to exhilarate

  11. 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. Ho Sau Mei:

    Every Sunday, I play mahjong with my siblings, it encourages communication. When people don't have enough communication with each other, mahjong can lighten the mood.

  2. Mike McGlone:

    It appears Paulson was astute to lighten up some before the July plunge, they may have been part of the massive liquidation in July too.

  3. George T. French Jr.:

    We understand these past two academic years have been emotionally and financially difficult on students and their families due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why we will continue to do all we can to support their efforts to complete their CAU education, their academic and professional future is important to me and the entire Clark Atlanta University family. We care about students and want to lighten their individual and family's financial load so they can continue their journey in pursuing and attaining their educational and professional goals.

  4. Thomas Traherne:

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

  5. 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.

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  • alleugerir, alleujarCatalan, Valencian
  • erleichternGerman
  • aliviar, aclarar, aligerarSpanish
  • valaista, kevetä, kirkastaa, valaistua, keventää, kirkastua, keventyäFinnish
  • allégerFrench
  • alixeirarGalician
  • lumar, klarigar, klareskar, gayeskar, lumizar, alejar, lejerigar, lejereskar, gayigarIdo
  • alleggerireItalian
  • 덜어주다Korean
  • whakamāmāMāori
  • verlichtenDutch
  • aligeirar, aliviarPortuguese
  • светле́ть, смягча́ть, облегча́ть, обле́гчить, смягчи́ть, осветли́ть, осветля́ть, посветле́тьRussian

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