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1. lighten

verb. ['ˈlaɪtən'] make more cheerful.

Synonyms

  • buoy up
  • cheer

Antonyms

  • transitivize
  • decontaminate
  • clean

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • light (English)
  • leoht (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Lighten

  • whiten
  • triton
  • frighten
  • criton
  • brighton
  • brighten
  • breighton
  • titan
  • tighten
  • reiten
  • reitan
  • litan
  • knighton
  • knighten
  • heighten
  • guyton
  • iten

Sentences with lighten


1. Verb, base form
Mix blue with a small amount of gray and white paint to lighten it.

Quotes about lighten


1. If one tends to be a humorous person and you have a sense of humor the rest of your life then you can certainly lighten the load, I think, by bringing that to your trials and tribulations. It's easy to have a sense of humor when everything is going well.
- Alan Thicke

2. My uncle worked in emergency wards dealing with people who came in with terrible injuries. He talked about the sketch shows they would put on to lighten the atmosphere. You often find this sense of grim humor in hospitals. The injuries people are suffering are ghastly. You have to laugh at something or you'd otherwise cry.
- Honeysuckle Weeks

3. Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
- Allen Klein

2. lighten

verb. ['ˈlaɪtən'] reduce the weight on; make lighter.

Synonyms

  • unburden

Antonyms

  • sensitize
  • demilitarise

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • light (English)
  • leoht (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. lighten

verb. ['ˈlaɪtən'] alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive.

Synonyms

  • mitigate

Antonyms

  • overcast
  • obfuscate

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • light (English)
  • leoht (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. lighten

verb. ['ˈlaɪtən'] become lighter.

Synonyms

  • illume
  • light up
  • illuminate
  • irradiate
  • change
  • light
  • illumine

Antonyms

  • stay
  • deconcentrate
  • destabilize
  • enable

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • light (English)
  • leoht (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. lighten

verb. ['ˈlaɪtən'] become more cheerful.

Synonyms

  • lighten up
  • chirk up
  • buoy up
  • cheer

Antonyms

  • demilitarize
  • dehydrogenate
  • sensitise
  • destabilise

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • light (English)
  • leoht (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. lighten

verb. ['ˈlaɪtən'] make lighter or brighter.

Synonyms

  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • brighten

Antonyms

  • loosen
  • depersonalize
  • dissimilate
  • increase

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • light (English)
  • leoht (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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