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lighten1

light·en1

lighten1

 
pronunciation:
laI tn
features:
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part of speech: verb
inflections: lightened, lightening, lightens
definition 1: to become brighter or lighter in color.
We watched the sky lighten at sunrise.
synonyms:
bleach, pale
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
fade, illuminate
definition 2: to make more pale in color.
The painter lightened the dark walls with a coat of yellow paint.
synonyms:
bleach, pale
antonyms:
blacken, darken
similar words:
fade
derivation: lightener (n.)
Word Parts
The word lighten contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.