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whiten

whit·en

whiten

 
pronunciation:
waI tn [or] hwaI tn
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: whitened, whitening, whitens
definition: to make or become white.
He whitened his shirt with bleach.Her face whitened with fear.
antonyms:
blacken
similar words:
blanch, bleach
derivation: whitener (n.)
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The word whiten 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.