brighten


verb (used with or without object)

  1. to become or make bright or brighter.

verb

  1. to make or become bright or brighter
  2. to make or become cheerful
v.

Old English *beorhtnian “to make bright” (see bright (adj.) + -en (1)). Intransitive sense, “to become brighter,” attested from c.1300. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Brightened; brightening.

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