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Definition of the verb brighten

What does brighten mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: brightened | brightening | brightens

  1. make more cheerful through the use of color
  2. become clear

Alternative definition of the verb brighten


  1. [transitive] To make bright or brighter in color
  2. [transitive] To add luster or splendor to
  3. [transitive] [figuratively] To make more cheerful and pleasant; to enliven
  4. [intransitive] To grow bright, or more bright in color; to clear up
  5. [intransitive] To become brighter or more cheerful in mood


Brighten is a pop rock band from Chico, California, consisting of brothers Justin and Jimmy Richards, and Alex Draper. The band has recently been on tour with This Providence, Cute Is What We Aim For, Eisley, and All Time Low. In 2007, their debut album, King vs. Queen, was released on Carbon Copy Media, without the band's full knowledge.

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Google previewIntroduction to Health Care Management (2016)

by Sharon B. Buchbinder, Nancy H. Shanks

BRIGHTEN is a patient-centered assessment and treatment program that relies on a “virtual” team communication and treatment planning. The virtual process was based on the Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) model, which addresses the ...

Google previewFlipping Over Making Words, Grade 3 (2007)

by Jessica Kissel, Rebecca Rozmiarek

Here is a guide to the suffixes EN, ER, NESS and LY: en causes a word to mean make + root word bright + en = brighten brighten means make bright en causes a word to become a verb soft + en = soften en causes a word to mean made of, ...

Google previewLiving In... Hong Kong (2011)

The Complete Guide by Leslie Nasr

Brighten is the name of about 8 shops in Mong Kok. All have an excellent selection of gardening items from plants, pots, vases and artificial flowers to outdoor furniture, and gifts such as small trinkets, candles, picture frames, vases and cards.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To BRIGHTEN. v. a..

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

light, lighten, liven, polish, shine brighten by rubbing: furbish brighter stars: novas brightest star in the sky: Sirius brightly colored birds: tanagers brightly colored butterfly: red admiral brightly colored lizard: agama brightness: brilliance, clarity, ...

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Usage statistics about brighten

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Small photo of Light from the sun Pass through rock inside the cave Shine to brighten. tourist attractions in ThailandSmall photo of Flowers on the flowerbed. The tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium or Lilium tirginum) and the day lily (Hemerocallis spp.) Never fail to brighten the summer garden with their attractive flowers.Small photo of Trees and brighten skySmall photo of Thousand of small light bulb allumination brighten the nightSmall photo of Flower under sunlight, blurred background and bright meadow brighten the morning.Small photo of Flower under sunlight, blurred background and bright meadow brighten the morning.Small photo of Flower under sunlight, blurred background and bright meadow brighten the morning. More...

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Quotes about Brighten

There are moments of life that we never forget, which brighten and brighten as time steals away. (James Gates Percival)
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Scrabble value of B3R1I1G2H4T1E1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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