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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  3. Lighten(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  5. Lighten(verb)

    to illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  6. Lighten(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  7. Lighten(verb)

    to free from trouble and fill with joy

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  9. Lighten(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]

  10. Lighten(verb)

    to cheer; to exhilarate

    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. Mr Smith:

    This idea is not going to have much impact if so much traffic is going bumper-to-bumper, but as traffic lights lighten up, people will have a much smoother journey.

  2. Mr Smith:

    In peak hour you’re having to stop at traffic lights and wait two cycles for it to turn green, this idea is not going to have much impact if so much traffic is going bumper-to-bumper, but as traffic lights lighten up, people will have a much smoother journey.

  3. Ripley D. Saunders:

    Just being happy helps other souls along Their burdens may be heavy and they not strong And your own sky will lighten, If other skies you brighten, by just being happy with a heart full of song.

  4. Takeshi Onaga:

    I strongly call on the government to not be bound by stubborn concerns and to change their policies to lighten our burden.

  5. Norman Levine:

    A lot of investors have piled into the energy sector. It's time to leave, they're going back down again. That's an unsustainable rise, investors would be wise to lighten up, if not totally exit energy stocks for now.

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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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