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verb brighten pronunciation in British English /ˈbraɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybrighten
he/she/itbrightens
present participlebrightening
past tensebrightened
past participlebrightened

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  1. 1

    brighten

    or

    brighten up

    [intransitive] to start to have more colour or light
    The sky slowly brightened.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to give something more colour or light
      Light colours brighten a dark room.
  2. 2

    brighten

    or

    brighten up

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

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