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Definition of Lighten

Lighten

  1. To descend; to light.
  2. To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash.
  3. To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.
  4. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.
  5. To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.
  6. To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.
  7. To free from trouble and fill with joy.
  8. To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
  9. To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.
  10. To cheer; to exhilarate.

Lighten Quotations

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
Allen Klein

Most of those coming from the mainland are very destitute, almost naked. I am trying to find places for those able to work, and provide for them as best I can, so as to lighten the burden on the Government as much as possible, while at the same time they learn to respect themselves by earning their own living.
Harriet Tubman

I think, you know, as an actor we get these terribly sort of pretentious ideas in our heads. We try to take everything very seriously at first, you know, until we lighten up, we get onboard, and have a laugh.
Rosamund Pike

I always say that I've been in a bad mood for maybe 35 years now. I try to lighten it up, but that's what comes out when you get me on camera.
Martin Scorsese

Perhaps the soundest advice for parents is: Lighten up. People have been raising children for approximately as long as there have been people.
George Will
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Lighten Translations

lighten in German is erleichtern, erleuchten, erhellen
lighten in Italian is schiarire, agevolare
lighten in Latin is relaxo, relevo
lighten in Norwegian is lyse, opplyse, oppmuntre, lette
lighten in Spanish is clarear, desahogar, alumbrar
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