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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIGHTENED

The rare loveliness of the scene touched and lightened my heart.

By this time the squall had passed, and it lightened up a little.

It rained as if the flood-gates of heaven were opened, and it lightened awfully.

They were soon quite intimate, and lightened the way with a variety of conversation.

He has lightened the burden of thought because he has shown us that the chains which we wear are of our own forging.

Disappointment may be lightened by philosophy, even if the latter is wrong.

It was strange how, by that look, the hearts of both were lightened.

Sometimes the toilsomeness of the journey was lightened by companionship.

Then with lightened hearts the party, with the exception of his wife, left the room.

She felt the disappointment, that his quick smile had lightened, return upon her.

WORD ORIGIN

"to make less heavy," figuratively "to make cheerful," mid-14c., from light (adj.1) + -en (1). Related: Lightened; lightening.

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