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Definitions for whiten
ˈʰwaɪt n, ˈwaɪt nwhiten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whiten, whiteverb

    turn white

    "This detergent will whiten your laundry"


  1. whitenverb

    To make white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.

  2. whitenverb

    To become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.

  3. Etymology: From whitenen, whitnen, from hvítna, from hwītnōnan, from kwind-, equivalent to. Cognate with hvítna, vitna, hvitna, hvidne. Compare hwitian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Whitenverb

    To make white.

    Etymology: from white.

    The smoke of sulphur will not black a paper, and is commonly used by women to whiten tiffanies. Brown.

    Flax, the soil and climate are proper for whitening, by the frequency of brooks, and also of winds. William Temple.

    Women of my complexion ought to be more modest, especially since our faces debar us from all artificial whitenings. Guardian, №. 61.

    Striking her cliff, the storm confirms her pow’r;
    The waves but whiten her triumphant shore. Matthew Prior.

    Whether the darken’d room to muse invite,
    Or whiten’d wall provoke the skew’r to write;
    In durance, exile, Bedlam, or the mint,
    Like Lee or Budgell, I will rhyme and print. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Whitenverb

    To grow white.

    The bark expects its freight;
    The loosen’d canvas trembles with the wind,
    And the sea whitens with auspicious gales. Smith.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whitenverb

    to grow white; to turn or become white or whiter; as, the hair whitens with age; the sea whitens with foam; the trees in spring whiten with blossoms

  2. Whitenverb

    to make white; to bleach; to blanch; to whitewash; as, to whiten a wall; to whiten cloth

  3. Etymology: [OE. whitenen; cf. Icel. hvtna.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Whiten is ranked #22404 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Whiten surname appeared 1,149 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Whiten.

    65.3% or 751 total occurrences were White.
    28.9% or 333 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 40 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiten in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of whiten in a Sentence

  1. Shuting Hu:

    The most dangerous thing is trying to whiten the skin in a short time, but still, some people keep doing it, i think the reason is, they don't know it results in serious problems to the skin.

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