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verb lighten pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theylighten
he/she/itlightens
present participlelightening
past tenselightened
past participlelightened

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  1. 1

    lighten

    or

    lighten up

    [intransitive/transitive] if a situation or someones 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
    The skies lightened and the rain stopped.
  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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