Definition of 'lighten'
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Maybe to lighten the national mood we could turn it into a party game where points are awarded for the best segue from any subject into Brexit. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The troops also take their own steps to help lighten the mood. The Sun (2010)The pause goes on so long that the sky begins to lighten over the lake. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Let her hair down and lighten up. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Perhaps the next thing he should try is to lighten up a bit. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Anyone else think accountants need to lighten up a bit? Times, Sunday Times (2009)But there are always things to lighten the gloom and one must be very disciplined and focus hard on them. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He had a strong sense of humour, which lightened some tense situations. Times, Sunday Times (2011)His mood lightened as he returned to stand-up mode. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But now he's lightened up a bit. Times, Sunday Times (2011)During one set of closely fought negotiations, he arranged for bowls of popcorn to be served to lighten the atmosphere. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He still sports luxuriant sideburns, although he admits that he had to lighten his hair colour to suit his age. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It lightened the mood considerably. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Allow at least one week before doing anything at all, and wait until the plaster has lightened in colour and appears dry. Times, Sunday Times (2010)If you work at home, switch to the brightest room to get more light and lighten your mood at the same time. The Sun (2014)Blue plants generally lighten up the planting, giving it a fresh, airy feel. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You have to try to lighten the atmosphere when you're making something as heavy as Broadchurch. The Sun (2015)He said: 'I try to get the nurses doing something funny to lighten the atmosphere. The Sun (2010)Would parenting be more enjoyable if we all just, well, lightened up a bit? Times, Sunday Times (2014)His mood lightened and he soon left the school, presumably to write full-time. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The same applies to other colours - use the same colour filter to lighten them, the opposite to darken. Photographers Handbook (1993)And over the hours, as the sky lightened and the sun rose, the tennis seemed less and less interesting. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But if you have highlights or bleach, save your appointment until after your hols, as hair will lighten in the sun. The Sun (2016)
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Translations for 'lighten'
British English: lighten VERB
When something lightens or when you lighten it, it becomes less dark in colour.
The sky began to lighten.
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