Definition of brighten in English:



  • 1Make or become more light.

    [no object] ‘the day began to brighten in the east’
    [with object] ‘the fire began to blaze fiercely, brightening the room’
    • ‘It rises like the light; brightens without warming.’
    • ‘Yet, they brighten up even a dark back bathroom.’
    • ‘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 sun rose up and brightened the beautiful city of Bakersfield.’
    • ‘There's still light in the sky at nine at night, and it'll brighten the valley by five tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘This will ensure that natural light can enter and brighten up your rooms.’
    • ‘We've still got all morning and most of the afternoon for things to brighten up.’
    • ‘One way to brighten up a room with a large amount of gentle, diffuse light is through the use of a luminous ceiling.’
    • ‘The light seemed to fall over ever segment of the deep green room, brightening it with an orange glow.’
    • ‘As usual the sun brightened every corner of the room, and I still stubbornly refused to open my eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sparkling green eyes emit a sort of glow that brightens the beautiful face of this mysterious figure.’
    • ‘Light colors give the illusion of a larger living space and brighten up a room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ever notice the lights dim and then brighten when the well pump or microwave oven comes on?’
    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 and cheerfully colorful.
      ‘this colorful hanging ornament will brighten any room’
      ‘daffodils brighten up many gardens and parks’
      • ‘That's why we brighten up our manicures every other day with a fresh coat of this miraculous stuff.’
      • ‘Key lime pie green will also brighten up a dull corner in a dark room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘A host of colourful balloons brighten the skies over Canberra during the week-long festival.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hopefully these beautiful aquilegias will be brightening my borders.’
      • ‘I wanted to buy some nice flowers to brighten our B & B room for the wedding night.’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, brighten your eyes with a plum hue.’
      • ‘Brighten your look by adding splashes of color.’
      • ‘Everything was tucked away in the kitchen, no decorative potholders, or ceramic roosters to brighten up the room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her solution was to brighten up the room with paint.’
      • ‘They are particularly smart and sophisticated and bring true natural colours to brighten up any light background.’
      • ‘The white blooms of tall ornamental tobacco brighten the back of the border like fireworks in the evening sky.’
      • ‘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. 1.2Make 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’
      • ‘And tonight, you'll meet four fabulous young students who are already brightening this country's future.’
      • ‘As always, only love can brighten the gloomy scene.’
      • ‘Do I take it the thought of seeing your brother doesn't brighten up your world?’
      • ‘Through video she brightens the life of her cloistered neighbor, the painter, though he remains indoors.’
      • ‘Ally joked, a smile finally returning and brightening her beautiful face.’
      • ‘Lovely… this was just what I needed to brighten up my day.’
      • ‘I miss the way they brighten up the gloomiest mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is just a little experiment to brighten up my life.’
      • ‘I had a smile on; it seemed to brighten up the halls.’
      • ‘We both brighten up; that game with us is always hilarious.’
      • ‘Framed prints were recently presented to two local hospitals to brighten the environment for the patients.’
      • ‘Maybe, to brighten up, all this school needs is a bit more poetry.’
      • ‘But it's the staff who truly brighten up the surroundings.’
      • ‘She said apparently trying to brighten the gloomy air about the room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      cheer up, buoy up, perk up, wake up, rally
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Old English (ge)beorhtnian.