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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

Of all the joys that lighten suffering earth, what joy is welcomed like a newborn child?
Dorothy Nolte

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

Zen teaches that once we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform that situation and lighten up about it.
Allen Klein
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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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