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brighten

bright·en

brighten

 
pronunciation:
braI tihn
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: brightened, brightening, brightens
definition 1: to become or make luminous, bright, or brighter.
The room brightened as she threw open the curtains.
antonyms:
blacken, dull, fade, tarnish
similar words:
illuminate, light, lighten
definition 2: to become or cause to be enlivened or more cheerful.
She brightened at my suggestion for a swim.
antonyms:
dull
similar words:
cheer, enliven, lighten, lighten
Word Parts
The word brighten 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.