brighten

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈbɹaɪtən/
  • (US) IPA: [ˈbɹaɪ̯ʔn̩]

Verb[change]

Plain form
brighten

Third-person singular
brightens

Past tense
brightened

Past participle
brightened

Present participle
brightening

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If something brightens, it becomes brighter, less dark.
    As the sun came up, the room brightened.
  2. (intransitive) If someone brightens, they become happier.
    She brightened when she thought about the holiday plans.
  3. (transitive) If you brighten someone or something, you make it brighter.
    Having the grandchildren visit brightened their day.

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