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See definition of brighten on Dictionary.com
  • verbmake shine or glow
  • verbmake happy, feel better

synonyms for brighten

  • clear up
  • enliven
  • illuminate
  • light up
  • lighten
  • burnish
  • gleam
  • illumine
  • intensify
  • kindle
  • polish
  • buff up
  • grow sunny
  • punch up
  • spiff up
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antonyms for brighten

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  • complicate
  • darken
  • dull
  • deepen
  • depress
  • fade
  • upset
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How to use brighten in a sentence

We may see skies brighten a bit in the afternoon with rather mild highs from 60 to 65.
D.C.-AREA FORECAST: CHILLY WEATHER TO START THIS WEEK, WITH CHANCE OF RAIN EARLY ON THANKSGIVINGJASON SAMENOWNOVEMBER 23, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Clouds will hang tough at first, but skies should quickly brighten by the afternoon.
PM UPDATE: GUSTY SHOWERS OVERNIGHT. CLEAR BUT COOLER ON MONDAY.GREG PORTERNOVEMBER 22, 2020WASHINGTON POST
With one bite, all the pleasures converged — the company, the atmosphere, and those garlicky, herbed bread crumbs baked to a deep brown on top of briny seafood, brightened with freshly squeezed lemon.
TURN COD INTO A SWOON-WORTHY SHEET-PAN MEAL WITH HERBY, SPICY BREAD CRUMBSELLIE KRIEGEROCTOBER 29, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Whether someone you know has moved into a new place, or has just been hanging on to their old, worn out vacuum for a bit too long, consider brightening up their space with a new vacuum cleaner.
VACUUMS THAT ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO GIVE AS PRESENTSPOPSCI COMMERCE TEAMOCTOBER 1, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
A number of Reddit contributors pointed out that many USPS vehicles don’t have air conditioning, and that customers who leave ice water or cold drinks for carriers can brighten their day.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE CARRIERS REVEAL HOW YOU CAN MAKE THEIR DAY BETTERJEFFAUGUST 18, 2020FORTUNE
She thanked them for their gifts but languidly, and did not visibly brighten when told that her husband was better.
THE DAISY CHAINCHARLOTTE YONGE
Constance clasps her hands delightedly and begins to brighten with hope.
THE DIAMOND COTERIELAWRENCE L. LYNCH
Now all the anxiety is over, you will brighten like this house.'
THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFECHARLOTTE M. YONGE
Salt, ammonia and turpentine brighten the colours of a carpet, and the latter two are objectionable to moths.
THE LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY: HOUSEKEEPINGELIZABETH HALE GILMAN
They are like a small lassie I know, who helps to brighten all the dark places in my life.
DEW DROPS, VOL. 37, NO. 15, APRIL 12, 1914VARIOUS
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