Definition of brighten in US English:

brighten

verb

  • 1Make or become more light.

    with object ‘the fire began to blaze fiercely, brightening the room’
    no object ‘the day began to brighten in the east’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the yellow walls brighten up the room so that the red doesn't seem too dark.’
    • ‘Light colors give the illusion of a larger living space and brighten up a room.’
    • ‘One way to brighten up a room with a large amount of gentle, diffuse light is through the use of a luminous ceiling.’
    • ‘Her features were small, and were lit up and brightened by the sunlight's illumination.’
    • ‘It rises like the light; brightens without warming.’
    • ‘As usual the sun brightened every corner of the room, and I still stubbornly refused to open my eyes.’
    • ‘Yet, they brighten up even a dark back bathroom.’
    • ‘The other members quickly agreed, and the light in the room began to brighten.’
    • ‘This will ensure that natural light can enter and brighten up your rooms.’
    • ‘The light seemed to fall over ever segment of the deep green room, brightening it with an orange glow.’
    • ‘Sparkling green eyes emit a sort of glow that brightens the beautiful face of this mysterious figure.’
    • ‘We've still got all morning and most of the afternoon for things to brighten up.’
    • ‘Patio doors brighten up the breakfast area while the adjoining utility room is fully plumbed and vented.’
    • ‘And in this ordinary day, the sun suddenly begins to brighten up the blue skies.’
    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 and cheerfully colorful.
      ‘daffodils brighten up many gardens and parks’
      ‘this colorful hanging ornament will brighten any room’
      • ‘In the brilliant air, the whites of the passing birds brightened the green-gray monotones’
      • ‘It was only these women that wore rouge to brighten their faces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hopefully these beautiful aquilegias will be brightening my borders.’
      • ‘In addition to brightening it up, painting over paneling can make a room look much bigger.’
      • ‘They are particularly smart and sophisticated and bring true natural colours to brighten up any light background.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We're cutting her hair, then adding gold and chestnut highlights to brighten Wendy's complexion.’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, brighten your eyes with a plum hue.’
      • ‘A host of colourful balloons brighten the skies over Canberra during the week-long festival.’
      • ‘Brighten your look by adding splashes of color.’
      • ‘I wanted to buy some nice flowers to brighten our B & B room for the wedding night.’
      • ‘Buy stuffed, hand-sewn decorations to brighten up both your Christmas tree and the lives of needy women.’
      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 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.’
      • ‘Do I take it the thought of seeing your brother doesn't brighten up your world?’
      • ‘As always, only love can brighten the gloomy scene.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They brighten up a morning, and besides, reading the rest of the newspaper will only sadden me.’
      • ‘A breath of fresh air, a quick lunch-hour walk or an office with a window all seem to brighten up our day.’
      • ‘Here's a story of mischief and mayhem to brighten up your Monday morning lecture.’
      • ‘But it's the staff who truly brighten up the surroundings.’
      • ‘And tonight, you'll meet four fabulous young students who are already brightening this country's future.’
      • ‘Maybe, to brighten up, all this school needs is a bit more poetry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lovely… this was just what I needed to brighten up my day.’
      • ‘You might even want to bring along homemade holiday cards and small bags of candy to brighten people's day.’
      • ‘This is just a little experiment to brighten up my life.’
      • ‘She said apparently trying to brighten the gloomy air about the room.’
      • ‘We both brighten up; that game with us is always hilarious.’
      • ‘Seriously, you boost my ego and brighten up my day.’
      cheer up, buoy up, perk up, wake up, rally
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Origin

Old English (ge)beorhtnian.

Pronunciation

brighten

/ˈbrītn//ˈbraɪtn/