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verb lighten pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
present participlelightening
past tenselightened
past participlelightened

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  1. 1



    lighten up

    [intransitive/transitive] if a situation or someone’s mood lightens, or if someone or something lightens it, it becomes more relaxed

    Gina tried to lighten the atmosphere by telling a joke.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to become brighter or lighter in colour, or to make something brighter or lighter in colour
  3. 3
    [transitive] to reduce an amount of work

    We need to hire someone else to lighten the workload.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to become less heavy, or to make something less heavy

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