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1‘the sky was beginning to lighten’
become lighter, grow brighter, brighten
2‘the first touch of dawn lightened the sky’
make lighter, make brighter, brighten, light up, illuminate, cast light on, shed light on, throw light on, shine on, irradiate, flood with light, floodlight
3‘he sometimes used lemon juice to lighten his hair’
whiten, bleach, peroxide, blanch, remove colour from, fade, wash out, decolour, decolorize
4‘it thundered and lightened’
emit lightning, flash lightning
1‘we intend to lighten the burden of taxation’
make lighter, lessen, reduce, decrease, diminish, moderate, soften, ease, temper
alleviate, mitigate, allay, relieve, palliate, assuage, soothe, calm, subdue
2‘an attempt to lighten her spirits’
brighten, gladden, hearten, perk up, lift, ginger up, enliven, boost, elate, inspire, uplift, sweeten, revive, restore, revitalize, stimulate
enhance, improve, leaven
informal jazz up
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