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’
    • ‘The sun rose up and brightened the beautiful city of Bakersfield.’
    • ‘Sparkling green eyes emit a sort of glow that brightens the beautiful face of this mysterious figure.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the yellow walls brighten up the room so that the red doesn't seem too dark.’
    • ‘There's still light in the sky at nine at night, and it'll brighten the valley by five tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘As usual the sun brightened every corner of the room, and I still stubbornly refused to open my eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in this ordinary day, the sun suddenly begins to brighten up the blue skies.’
    • ‘Patio doors brighten up the breakfast area while the adjoining utility room is fully plumbed and vented.’
    • ‘Light colors give the illusion of a larger living space and brighten up a room.’
    • ‘We've still got all morning and most of the afternoon for things to brighten up.’
    • ‘The other members quickly agreed, and the light in the room began to brighten.’
    • ‘One way to brighten up a room with a large amount of gentle, diffuse light is through the use of a luminous ceiling.’
    • ‘Ever notice the lights dim and then brighten when the well pump or microwave oven comes on?’
    • ‘The sun brightened the sky just as we pushed away from shore.’
    • ‘This will ensure that natural light can enter and brighten up your rooms.’
    • ‘Yet, they brighten up even a dark back bathroom.’
    • ‘Her features were small, and were lit up and brightened by the sunlight's illumination.’
    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’
      • ‘It was only these women that wore rouge to brighten their faces.’
      • ‘Everything was tucked away in the kitchen, no decorative potholders, or ceramic roosters to brighten up the room.’
      • ‘We're cutting her hair, then adding gold and chestnut highlights to brighten Wendy's complexion.’
      • ‘I wanted to buy some nice flowers to brighten our B & B room for the wedding night.’
      • ‘Hopefully these beautiful aquilegias will be brightening my borders.’
      • ‘The deep green vegetation is brightened by patches of rich red.’
      • ‘Her solution was to brighten up the room with paint.’
      • ‘In addition to brightening it up, painting over paneling can make a room look much bigger.’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, brighten your eyes with a plum hue.’
      • ‘The white blooms of tall ornamental tobacco brighten the back of the border like fireworks in the evening sky.’
      • ‘They are particularly smart and sophisticated and bring true natural colours to brighten up any light background.’
      • ‘If you live in a city or town, Christmas lights will probably brighten up the world for you.’
      • ‘Key lime pie green will also brighten up a dull corner in a dark room.’
      • ‘A host of colourful balloons brighten the skies over Canberra during the week-long festival.’
      • ‘Only the edge of the canvas is brightened by colour.’
      • ‘Buy stuffed, hand-sewn decorations to brighten up both your Christmas tree and the lives of needy women.’
      • ‘They arrived, a swirl of colour, brightening this black and white movie that silenced our lives.’
      • ‘That's why we brighten up our manicures every other day with a fresh coat of this miraculous stuff.’
      • ‘In the brilliant air, the whites of the passing birds brightened the green-gray monotones’
      • ‘Brighten your look by adding splashes of color.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seriously, you boost my ego and brighten up my day.’
      • ‘Her rare smile brightens her whole countenance, adding an attractive, unusual sparkle to her ever-changing eyes.’
      • ‘As always, only love can brighten the gloomy scene.’
      • ‘And tonight, you'll meet four fabulous young students who are already brightening this country's future.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You might even want to bring along homemade holiday cards and small bags of candy to brighten people's day.’
      • ‘I had a smile on; it seemed to brighten up the halls.’
      • ‘Maybe, to brighten up, all this school needs is a bit more poetry.’
      • ‘A breath of fresh air, a quick lunch-hour walk or an office with a window all seem to brighten up our day.’
      • ‘But it's the staff who truly brighten up the surroundings.’
      • ‘Ally joked, a smile finally returning and brightening her beautiful face.’
      • ‘Through video she brightens the life of her cloistered neighbor, the painter, though he remains indoors.’
      • ‘She said apparently trying to brighten the gloomy air about the room.’
      • ‘We both brighten up; that game with us is always hilarious.’
      • ‘Lovely… this was just what I needed to brighten up my 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?’
      cheer up, buoy up, perk up, wake up, rally
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Origin

Old English (ge)beorhtnian.

Pronunciation

brighten

/ˈbrʌɪt(ə)n/