Definitions for lighten
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lighten.
lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb
make more cheerful
"the conversation lightened me up a bit"
reduce the weight on; make lighter
"she lightened the load on the tired donkey"
lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb
become more cheerful
"after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
brighten, lighten up, lightenverb
make lighter or brighter
"The paint will brighten the room"
lighten, lighten upverb
"The room lightened up"
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"
To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.
To make light or lighter in weight.
To make less serious or more cheerful.
To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.
To become light or lighter in weight.
To become less serious or more cheerful.
To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from light.
Upon his bloody finger he doth wear
A precious ring, that lightens all the hole. William Shakespeare.
O light, which mak’st the light which makes the day,
Which sett’st the eye without, and mind within;
Lighten my spirit with one clear heav’nly ray,
Which now to view itself doth first begin. Davies.
A key of fire ran all along the shore,
And lighten’d all the river with a blaze. Dryden.
Nature from the storm
Shines out afresh; and through the lighten’d air
A higher lustre, and a clearer calm,
Diffusive tremble. James Thomson, Summer.
The mariners were afraid, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. Jon. i. 7.
Long since with woe
Nearer acquainted, now I feel by proof,
That fellowship in pain divides not smart,
Nor lightens aught each man’s peculiar load. Parad. Reg.
In offices of love how we may lighten
Each other’s burden. John Milton, Pa. Lost.
A trusty villain, very oft,
When I am dull with care and melancholy,
Lightens my humour with his merry jests. William Shakespeare.
The audience are grown weary of continued melancholy scenes; and few tragedies shall succeed in this age, if they are not lightened with a course of mirth. John Dryden, Span. Friar.
Etymology: hit, ligt , Saxon.
This dreadful night,
That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
As doth the lion. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.
Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract to night;
It is too rash, too unadvis’d, too sudden,
Too like the light’ning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say it lightens. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
The lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, sheweth unto the other part. Luke xvii. 24.
Yet looks he like a king: behold his eye,
As bright as is the eagle’s, lightens forth
Controlling majesty. William Shakespeare, Richard II.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee. Common Prayer.
To lighten means to reduce the darkness or intensity of something. This could refer to making a physical object less heavy, a mood or atmosphere less serious or gloomy, or a color less intense. It can also refer to illuminating a space by introducing light. Lighten can mean making a burden or responsibility less demanding or oppressive as well, or reducing the load carried by someone or something.
to descend; to light
to burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash
to grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky
to make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets
to illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten
to emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning
to free from trouble and fill with joy
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
to make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief
to cheer; to exhilarate
Etymology: [See Light to illuminate.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lighten is ranked #94311 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Lighten surname appeared 194 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lighten.
68% or 132 total occurrences were Black.
18% or 35 total occurrences were White.
8.7% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
5.1% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of lighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of lighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sir Howard is among the finest directors I've ever served with, his understanding of global economics, risk, and their impact on global financial institutions is invaluable. He also brings a wonderful wit that can lighten a moment in just the right manner.
Leave each one his touch of folly it helps to lighten life's burden which, if he could see himself as he is, might be too heavy to carry.
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.
O'Reilly is an entertainer and everything he does is totally subjective, including his memories, to attack him is simply to increase his ratings and the sales of his phenomenally popular books. Lighten up, everybody.
What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.
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Translations for lighten
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- alleugerir, alleujarCatalan, Valencian
- aliviar, aclarar, aligerarSpanish
- valaista, kevetä, kirkastaa, valaistua, keventää, kirkastua, keventyäFinnish
- lumar, klarigar, klareskar, gayeskar, lumizar, alejar, lejerigar, lejereskar, gayigarIdo
- aligeirar, aliviarPortuguese
- светле́ть, смягча́ть, облегча́ть, обле́гчить, смягчи́ть, осветли́ть, осветля́ть, посветле́тьRussian
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