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

Old English (ge)beorhtnian.

Pronunciation

brighten

/ˈbrʌɪt(ə)n/