verb (used with or without object)

  1. to become or make bright or brighter.


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

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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