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

synonyms for brightening

  • 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 brightening

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

In the depths of his being, below an immense horizon, shone joy, luring him onward and brightening as it did so.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
And Clara could not help brightening up in cheeks and eyes with fine tints and flashes.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
Gilding, soberly applied, shone here and there like eyes, brightening the brown color which prevailed in this nest of love.
CATHERINE DE' MEDICIHONORE DE BALZAC
There is considerable decorative skill displayed in the edifice; but the work looks opaque and needs brightening up.
OUR CHURCHES AND CHAPELSATTICUS
In the brightening dawn Richard saw the pursuer prodding with a cimeter-point to add to the spur sting.
GOD WILLS IT!WILLIAM STEARNS DAVIS
Jack was as immovable as a statue, his weapon grasped in both hands, when this sudden brightening occurred.
TWO BOYS IN WYOMINGEDWARD S. ELLIS
Then in a moment we saw it in each other's suddenly-brightening faces.
LEFT ON LABRADORCHARLES ASBURY STEPHENS
What delight it was to see this rare beauty brightening the lowly home!
LITTLE POLLIEGERTRUDE P. DYER
“I was in Chicago oncet,” said Jimmy, his eyes brightening at the memory.
MR. OPPALICE HEGAN RICE
"Sure—Indians—boom-boom," Two-and-Two chuckled, brightening.
THE PLANET STRAPPERSRAYMOND ZINKE GALLUN
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WORDS RELATED TO BRIGHTENING

  • brightening
  • cockcrow
  • crack of dawn
  • dawn
  • dawning
  • daybreak
  • first blush
  • first brightening
  • first flush of the morning
  • peep of day
  • prime
  • prime of the morning
  • sunrise
  • sunup
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