Definitions of lighten

  1. become brighter; " The sky brightened"
  2. make lighter or brighter; " The paint will brighten the room"
  3. make more cheerful
  4. become lighter; " The room lightened up"
  5. To descend; to light.
  6. To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash.
  7. To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.
  8. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.
  9. To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.
  10. To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.
  11. To free from trouble and fill with joy.
  12. 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.
  13. To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.
  14. To cheer; to exhilarate.
  15. To make clear or bright; to illumine; make less heavy; to cheer; as, kind words lighten the heart.
  16. To brighten; shine out; flash, as in an electric storm; to become less heavy.
  17. To make light or clear: ( fig.) to illuminate with knowledge: ( B.) to free from trouble.
  18. To shine like lightning: to flash: to become less dark.
  19. To make lighter or less heavy: to alleviate: to cheer.
  20. To grow lighter; flash with light.
  21. To illuminate; to make lighter.
  22. To make or become light or lighter; illuminate; enlighten; emit, as a flash of lightning.
  23. To relieve of weight or distress; gladden; becomeless weighty.
  24. To make light; to fill with light; to enlighten; to illuminate with knowledge.
  25. To make lighter; to alleviate; to cheer.
  26. To flash, as lightning; to grow light or brighter.
  27. To fill with light; to shine like lightning; to flash; to illuminate.
  28. To make lighter or less heavy; to make less burdensome or afflictive; to cheer; to alleviate.
  29. To fall; to descend.

Usage examples for lighten

  1. Below the last dam, the river being swift and shallow, we two walked about half a mile to lighten the canoe. – Canoeing in the wilderness by Henry David Thoreau
  2. It is a happy, thing that they who bear the burdens of others by this means lighten their own; and Shenac, careful for her young brothers and little Flora, anxious that the few hushed moments in their brother's room- his prayers, his loving words, his gentle patience, his immortal hope- should henceforth be blended with all their inward life, never to be forgotten, never to be set aside, thought more of them than of herself through all those days and nights of waiting. – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
  3. After writing all that her aunt dictated, she added on her own part: If the knowledge that I honor you above other men can sustain you, rest assured that this is true; if my sympathy and constant remembrance can lighten your burdens, know that you and those you serve will rarely be absent from my thoughts. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  4. It shall be your inspiration, it shall lighten your moments of depression, give you courage when you are in danger; it shall fill your mind with pride and wonder. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. To- day I sit down to bridge opposite a man with a well- filled purse, and my one idea is to lighten it. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. Do you think there is anything I would not do to lighten any sorrow of my father's? – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  7. So, still further to lighten us, we mastered our qualms and set to work casting the dead bodies overboard. – A Set of Rogues by Frank Barrett
  8. It was her sister Mary who first spoke about it, having seen with sorrow how changed the once happy blind sister had become, and longing to lighten her burden. –  by
  9. Music and dancing are the pleasures of the miner; like a joyful prayer are they, and the remembrance and hope of them help to lighten weary labor and shorten long solitude. – Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance. by Friedrich von Hardenberg
  10. Then, when the snow began to melt at last, the heavy clouds of winter to lighten when the spring began to dawn, and the summer sun and the sweet tones of natural things to thrill and stir the world to life, Dolly, too, began to breathe again; she could not enjoy all this beauty, but it comforted her, nevertheless. – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  11. But still her face did not lighten – True and Other Stories by George Parsons Lathrop
  12. For her, she was as one who had found a beloved master, able and willing to lighten all her burdens; a physician, whose slightest touch brought balm and healing to every aching wound. – What Answer? by Anna E. Dickinson
  13. He would come to Los Cuervos; he might suggest something to lighten this weary waiting; at least she would show them all that she had still old friends. – On the Frontier by Bret Harte
  14. He thought how it would lighten the burden of the woman to whom he had been bound till death should them part. –  by
  15. There is, however, more in it than merely giving light- 'a light to lighten the Gentiles': for we are told, there is 'healing under his wings'. – The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  16. Still, it was absolutely necessary to take some steps to lighten Maslova's fate, and to take them quickly. – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  17. Time to lighten up, way up. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  18. The mist closed round them thicker for a moment; then seemed to lighten very slowly. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  19. Missus she give orders as how I was to fetch down some cheers alonger you, so as to lighten the next load a bit. – White Lilac; or the Queen of the May by Amy Walton
  20. Meanwhile one of the boats was recalled, and her crew set to lighten the ship by heaving part of the cargo overboard. – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne