Definition of whiten in English:

whiten

verb

  • Make or become white.

    with object ‘snow whitened the mountain tops’
    no object ‘she gripped the handle until her knuckles whitened’
    • ‘Following the example of numerous celebrities, it is fast becoming the norm to have your teeth whitened professionally.’
    • ‘We felt the wind pick up, saw waves whiten, but until the water went black and the bottle was empty we went on talking, nobody saying a word.’
    • ‘In the early 1990s, 46 of the 145 pulp mills in Canada used various chlorine bleaching processes to whiten paper.’
    • ‘She pressed her lips together until they whitened and turned numb.’
    • ‘It had my audience on the edge of its seats, lips parted, knuckles whitened.’
    • ‘He gripped his boomerang tightly, whitening his knuckles.’
    • ‘Dental Miracle is the single remedy I would take to a desert island, as it not only works to promote healthier gums, but also freshens breath and whitens teeth.’
    • ‘This prospect is further whitening the knuckles of Vodafone shareholders.’
    • ‘I gripped my backpack, knuckles whitening as the trepidation in my gut hardened into anger.’
    • ‘If you have been using bleach to whiten clothes and they are now graying, switch to peroxide.’
    • ‘In a food processor or a medium mixing-bowl, blend the sugar with the eggs until the mixture whitens slightly.’
    • ‘Some of the other buildings were whitened with snow.’
    • ‘I clench the steering wheel, my knuckles whitening.’
    • ‘The image occurs in the lower half of the composition; the upper half has been whitened with bleach and salt, framing the partially protected torso on view.’
    • ‘The bleach will whiten fungi or algae but does not change the color of dirt.’
    • ‘Mike gripped the arms of his seat until his knuckles whitened.’
    • ‘For some reason, even after all these years, they have never faded, or even whitened.’
    • ‘Isaac stood there, snow whitening his black hair.’
    • ‘Jason's knuckles whitened as he tightened his hold on his gun.’
    • ‘The old wizard's knuckles whitened on his staff.’
    become white, make white, become pale, make pale, bleach, blanch, lighten, fade, wash out, be washed out, etiolate
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Pronunciation

whiten

/ˈ(h)waɪtn//ˈ(h)wītn/