Synonyms of 'brighten'
1 cheer upDictionary, rally, take heart
Seeing him, she seemed to brighten a little.
They were fired with an enthusiasm for public speaking.
When things aren't going well, he always encourages me.
I only take on work that excites me.
She felt both exhilarated and disturbed by what had just happened.
The news heartened everybody.
His presence enlivened even the most boring meeting.
Take a deep breath in to invigorate you.
Her visit surprised and gladdened him.
3 light upDictionary, shine, glow
Her tearful eyes brightened with interest.
4 enlivenDictionary, animate, make brighter
Planted tubs brightened the area outside the door.
5 improveDictionary, pick up, rally
It is undeniable that the economic picture is brightening.
The weather is beginning to improve.
Industrial production is beginning to pick up.
He rallied enough to thank his doctor.
look up (informal)
Things are looking up in the computer industry.
She perked up and began to laugh.
take a turn for the better (informal)
His fortunes belatedly took a turn for the better.
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To animate something means to make it lively or more cheerful.
There was little about the game to animate the crowd.
Thesaurus for brighten from the Collins English Thesaurus
If someone brightens or their face brightens , they suddenly look happier .