Definition of brighten in English:

brighten

verb

  • 1Make or become more light.

    no object ‘most of the country should brighten up later’
    with object ‘the fire began to blaze fiercely, brightening the room’
    • ‘Her features were small, and were lit up and brightened by the sunlight's illumination.’
    • ‘Light colors give the illusion of a larger living space and brighten up a room.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the yellow walls brighten up the room so that the red doesn't seem too dark.’
    • ‘This will ensure that natural light can enter and brighten up your rooms.’
    • ‘One way to brighten up a room with a large amount of gentle, diffuse light is through the use of a luminous ceiling.’
    • ‘The sun brightened the sky just as we pushed away from shore.’
    • ‘And in this ordinary day, the sun suddenly begins to brighten up the blue skies.’
    • ‘The sun rose up and brightened the beautiful city of Bakersfield.’
    • ‘Patio doors brighten up the breakfast area while the adjoining utility room is fully plumbed and vented.’
    • ‘Ever notice the lights dim and then brighten when the well pump or microwave oven comes on?’
    • ‘As usual the sun brightened every corner of the room, and I still stubbornly refused to open my eyes.’
    • ‘The other members quickly agreed, and the light in the room began to brighten.’
    • ‘It rises like the light; brightens without warming.’
    • ‘The light seemed to fall over ever segment of the deep green room, brightening it with an orange glow.’
    • ‘We've still got all morning and most of the afternoon for things to brighten up.’
    • ‘There's still light in the sky at nine at night, and it'll brighten the valley by five tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘Sparkling green eyes emit a sort of glow that brightens the beautiful face of this mysterious figure.’
    • ‘Yet, they brighten up even a dark back bathroom.’
    become bright, make bright, become brighter, make brighter, light up, lighten, cast light on, shed light on, throw light on, illuminate, illumine, irradiate
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    1. 1.1with object Make (something) more attractively colourful.
      ‘daffodils brighten up many gardens and parks’
      • ‘I wanted to buy some nice flowers to brighten our B & B room for the wedding night.’
      • ‘We're cutting her hair, then adding gold and chestnut highlights to brighten Wendy's complexion.’
      • ‘It was only these women that wore rouge to brighten their faces.’
      • ‘A host of colourful balloons brighten the skies over Canberra during the week-long festival.’
      • ‘Brighten your look by adding splashes of color.’
      • ‘Buy stuffed, hand-sewn decorations to brighten up both your Christmas tree and the lives of needy women.’
      • ‘That's why we brighten up our manicures every other day with a fresh coat of this miraculous stuff.’
      • ‘Only the edge of the canvas is brightened by colour.’
      • ‘The deep green vegetation is brightened by patches of rich red.’
      • ‘Her solution was to brighten up the room with paint.’
      • ‘The white blooms of tall ornamental tobacco brighten the back of the border like fireworks in the evening sky.’
      • ‘Key lime pie green will also brighten up a dull corner in a dark room.’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, brighten your eyes with a plum hue.’
      • ‘In the brilliant air, the whites of the passing birds brightened the green-gray monotones’
      • ‘Everything was tucked away in the kitchen, no decorative potholders, or ceramic roosters to brighten up the room.’
      • ‘Hopefully these beautiful aquilegias will be brightening my borders.’
      • ‘They are particularly smart and sophisticated and bring true natural colours to brighten up any light background.’
      • ‘They arrived, a swirl of colour, brightening this black and white movie that silenced our lives.’
      • ‘In addition to brightening it up, painting over paneling can make a room look much bigger.’
      • ‘If you live in a city or town, Christmas lights will probably brighten up the world for you.’
      enhance, embellish, make more attractive, enrich, freshen
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    2. 1.2 Make or become happier and more cheerful.
      no object ‘Sarah brightened up considerably as she thought of Emily's words’
      with object ‘she seems to brighten his life’
      • ‘Ally joked, a smile finally returning and brightening her beautiful face.’
      • ‘Lovely… this was just what I needed to brighten up my day.’
      • ‘But it's the staff who truly brighten up the surroundings.’
      • ‘You might even want to bring along homemade holiday cards and small bags of candy to brighten people's day.’
      • ‘Here's a story of mischief and mayhem to brighten up your Monday morning lecture.’
      • ‘Do I take it the thought of seeing your brother doesn't brighten up your world?’
      • ‘She said apparently trying to brighten the gloomy air about the room.’
      • ‘We both brighten up; that game with us is always hilarious.’
      • ‘They brighten up a morning, and besides, reading the rest of the newspaper will only sadden me.’
      • ‘Through video she brightens the life of her cloistered neighbor, the painter, though he remains indoors.’
      • ‘As always, only love can brighten the gloomy scene.’
      • ‘Maybe, to brighten up, all this school needs is a bit more poetry.’
      • ‘And tonight, you'll meet four fabulous young students who are already brightening this country's future.’
      • ‘Her rare smile brightens her whole countenance, adding an attractive, unusual sparkle to her ever-changing eyes.’
      • ‘Seriously, you boost my ego and brighten up my day.’
      • ‘I had a smile on; it seemed to brighten up the halls.’
      • ‘I miss the way they brighten up the gloomiest mood.’
      • ‘Framed prints were recently presented to two local hospitals to brighten the environment for the patients.’
      • ‘This is just a little experiment to brighten up my life.’
      • ‘A breath of fresh air, a quick lunch-hour walk or an office with a window all seem to brighten up our day.’
      cheer up, buoy up, perk up, wake up, rally
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Origin

Old English (ge)beorhtnian.

Pronunciation

brighten

/ˈbrʌɪt(ə)n/