lighten - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈlaɪt(ə)n/
present tense
I/you/we/theylighten
he/she/itlightens
present participlelightening
past tenselightened
past participlelightened
  1. 1

    lighten

    or

    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

phrasal verbs