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verb brighten pronunciation in American English /ˈbraɪt(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebrightening
past tensebrightened
past participlebrightened
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    brighten up

    [intransitive] to start to have more color or light
    The sky slowly brightened.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to give something more color or light
      Light colors brighten a dark room.
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    brighten up

    [intransitive] to start looking or feeling happier
    She frowned anxiously, then suddenly her face brightened.

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