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’
    • ‘As usual the sun brightened every corner of the room, and I still stubbornly refused to open my eyes.’
    • ‘Sparkling green eyes emit a sort of glow that brightens the beautiful face of this mysterious figure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It rises like the light; brightens without warming.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the yellow walls brighten up the room so that the red doesn't seem too dark.’
    • ‘Yet, they brighten up even a dark back bathroom.’
    • ‘One way to brighten up a room with a large amount of gentle, diffuse light is through the use of a luminous ceiling.’
    • ‘Patio doors brighten up the breakfast area while the adjoining utility room is fully plumbed and vented.’
    • ‘There's still light in the sky at nine at night, and it'll brighten the valley by five tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘Her features were small, and were lit up and brightened by the sunlight's illumination.’
    • ‘This will ensure that natural light can enter and brighten up your rooms.’
    • ‘The sun rose up and brightened the beautiful city of Bakersfield.’
    • ‘And in this ordinary day, the sun suddenly begins to brighten up the blue skies.’
    • ‘The other members quickly agreed, and the light in the room began to brighten.’
    • ‘The light seemed to fall over ever segment of the deep green room, brightening it with an orange glow.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘A host of colourful balloons brighten the skies over Canberra during the week-long festival.’
      • ‘Everything was tucked away in the kitchen, no decorative potholders, or ceramic roosters to brighten up the room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Only the edge of the canvas is brightened by colour.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, brighten your eyes with a plum hue.’
      • ‘I wanted to buy some nice flowers to brighten our B & B room for the wedding night.’
      • ‘In addition to brightening it up, painting over paneling can make a room look much bigger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was only these women that wore rouge to brighten their faces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brighten your look by adding splashes of color.’
      • ‘Her solution was to brighten up the room with paint.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Do I take it the thought of seeing your brother doesn't brighten up your world?’
      • ‘Seriously, you boost my ego and brighten up my day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You might even want to bring along homemade holiday cards and small bags of candy to brighten people's day.’
      • ‘I miss the way they brighten up the gloomiest mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Framed prints were recently presented to two local hospitals to brighten the environment for the patients.’
      • ‘She said apparently trying to brighten the gloomy air about the room.’
      • ‘We both brighten up; that game with us is always hilarious.’
      • ‘Here's a story of mischief and mayhem to brighten up your Monday morning lecture.’
      • ‘I had a smile on; it seemed to brighten up the halls.’
      • ‘And tonight, you'll meet four fabulous young students who are already brightening this country's future.’
      • ‘They brighten up a morning, and besides, reading the rest of the newspaper will only sadden me.’
      • ‘Ally joked, a smile finally returning and brightening her beautiful face.’
      • ‘This is just a little experiment to brighten up my life.’
      • ‘Her rare smile brightens her whole countenance, adding an attractive, unusual sparkle to her ever-changing eyes.’
      • ‘Lovely… this was just what I needed to 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/