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lighten1

light·en1

lighten1

 
 
pronunciation:
laI tn
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: lightened, lightening, lightens
definition: to become brighter or increasingly light in color.
After the storm passed, the sky lightened considerably.
synonyms:
bleach, brighten, pale
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
etiolate, fade, illuminate
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to make paler in color.
synonyms:
blanch, bleach, pale
antonyms:
blacken, darken
similar words:
brighten, etiolate, fade
definition 2: to add light to; brighten (something) up.
synonyms:
brighten, illuminate
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
irradiate, polish, shine
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.