One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the morning sunshine brightened the room’
become bright, make bright, become brighter, make brighter, light up, lighten, cast light on, shed light on, throw light on, illuminate, illumine, irradiate
2‘with the right choice of shrubs and plants, you can brighten up the shadiest of corners’
enhance, embellish, make more attractive, enrich, freshen
dress up, ginger up, add some colour to, prettify, beautify, grace
informal jazz up, zhoosh, zhoosh up
3‘Sarah brightened up considerably as she thought of Emily's words’
cheer up, buoy up, perk up, wake up, rally
gladden, enliven, animate, invigorate, hearten, rejuvenate, uplift, encourage, stimulate, arouse, raise someone's spirits, give someone a lift
informal buck up, pep up
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