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’
    • ‘It rises like the light; brightens without warming.’
    • ‘One way to brighten up a room with a large amount of gentle, diffuse light is through the use of a luminous ceiling.’
    • ‘Light colors give the illusion of a larger living space and brighten up a room.’
    • ‘The light seemed to fall over ever segment of the deep green room, brightening it with an orange glow.’
    • ‘The other members quickly agreed, and the light in the room began to brighten.’
    • ‘The sun brightened the sky just as we pushed away from shore.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The sun rose up and brightened the beautiful city of Bakersfield.’
    • ‘Yet, they brighten up even a dark back bathroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in this ordinary day, the sun suddenly begins to brighten up the blue skies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patio doors brighten up the breakfast area while the adjoining utility room is fully plumbed and vented.’
    • ‘We've still got all morning and most of the afternoon for things to brighten up.’
    • ‘This will ensure that natural light can enter and brighten up your rooms.’
    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. 1.1[with object] Make (something) more attractively colourful:
      ‘daffodils brighten up many gardens and parks’
      • ‘Only the edge of the canvas is brightened by colour.’
      • ‘In the brilliant air, the whites of the passing birds brightened the green-gray monotones’
      • ‘If you live in a city or town, Christmas lights will probably brighten up the world for you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The deep green vegetation is brightened by patches of rich red.’
      • ‘Key lime pie green will also brighten up a dull corner in a dark room.’
      • ‘Brighten your look by adding splashes of color.’
      • ‘That's why we brighten up our manicures every other day with a fresh coat of this miraculous stuff.’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, brighten your eyes with a plum hue.’
      • ‘It was only these women that wore rouge to brighten their faces.’
      • ‘Buy stuffed, hand-sewn decorations to brighten up both your Christmas tree and the lives of needy women.’
      • ‘Hopefully these beautiful aquilegias will be brightening my borders.’
      • ‘They arrived, a swirl of colour, brightening this black and white movie that silenced our lives.’
      • ‘I wanted to buy some nice flowers to brighten our B & B room for the wedding night.’
      • ‘They are particularly smart and sophisticated and bring true natural colours to brighten up any light background.’
      • ‘Everything was tucked away in the kitchen, no decorative potholders, or ceramic roosters to brighten up the room.’
      • ‘A host of colourful balloons brighten the skies over Canberra during the week-long festival.’
      • ‘Her solution was to brighten up the room with paint.’
      • ‘We're cutting her hair, then adding gold and chestnut highlights to brighten Wendy's complexion.’
      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’
      • ‘But it's the staff who truly brighten up the surroundings.’
      • ‘Maybe, to brighten up, all this school needs is a bit more poetry.’
      • ‘Through video she brightens the life of her cloistered neighbor, the painter, though he remains indoors.’
      • ‘Seriously, you boost my ego and brighten up my day.’
      • ‘Lovely… this was just what I needed to brighten up my day.’
      • ‘They brighten up a morning, and besides, reading the rest of the newspaper will only sadden me.’
      • ‘This is just a little experiment to brighten up my life.’
      • ‘You might even want to bring along homemade holiday cards and small bags of candy to brighten people's day.’
      • ‘Framed prints were recently presented to two local hospitals to brighten the environment for the patients.’
      • ‘I miss the way they brighten up the gloomiest mood.’
      • ‘Do I take it the thought of seeing your brother doesn't brighten up your world?’
      • ‘And tonight, you'll meet four fabulous young students who are already brightening this country's future.’
      • ‘She said apparently trying to brighten the gloomy air about the room.’
      • ‘I had a smile on; it seemed to brighten up the halls.’
      • ‘Her rare smile brightens her whole countenance, adding an attractive, unusual sparkle to her ever-changing eyes.’
      • ‘We both brighten up; that game with us is always hilarious.’
      • ‘As always, only love can brighten the gloomy scene.’
      • ‘Ally joked, a smile finally returning and brightening her beautiful face.’
      • ‘Here's a story of mischief and mayhem to brighten up your Monday morning lecture.’
      • ‘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/