French translation of 'lighten'
- (= make lighter in colour) [shade]
éclaircirto lighten one's hair
s'éclaircir les cheveux
- (= make less heavy) [object, load, burden]
allégerto lighten one's burden (figurative)
se soulager d'un fardeau
⇒ In sharing this secret you lighten your burden.
En confiant ce secret, tu te soulages d'un fardeau.to lighten sb's load (figurative)
alléger la charge de qn
⇒ By doing this you are lightening the load of hospital doctors.
En procédant ainsi, vous allégez la charge des médecins hospitaliers.to lighten sb's burden (figurative)
alléger le fardeau de qn
- [mixture, dish]
- (= make more cheerful) [mood, atmosphere]
Example Sentences Including 'lighten'
The sun was streaming in through the window, yet it did nothing to lighten his mood.Wall Games
Her voice, most unusually, shook, and she tried, absurdly, to lighten the emotion.In Love and War
New shoots were beginning to sprout from its many stems; in a few weeks it would help lighten the soul of the saddest mourners.Wall Games
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Translation of lighten from the Collins English to French Dictionary