• WordNet 3.6
    • v brighten make lighter or brighter "The paint will brighten the room"
    • v brighten become clear "The sky cleared after the storm"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Brighten To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful. "And night shall brighten into day.""And, all his prospects brightening to the last,
      His heaven commences ere world be past."
    • Brighten To improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to make cheerful; as, to brighten one's prospects. "An ecstasy, which mothers only feel,
      Plays round my heart and brightens all my sorrow."
    • Brighten To make acute or witty; to enliven.
    • Brighten To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
    • Brighten To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to. "The present queen would brighten her character, if she would exert her authority to instill virtues into her people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brighten To grow bright or more bright; become less dark or gloomy: literally or figuratively.
    • brighten To make bright or brighter in any manner; shed light on; make to shine; increase the luster of.
    • brighten To dispel gloom from; cheer; make gay or cheerful: as, to brighten prospects.
    • brighten To make illustrious or more distinguished; heighten the splendor of; add luster to.
    • brighten To make acute or witty; sharpen the faculties of.
    • brighten To add brilliancy to the colors of (prints, etc.), by boiling them in a solution of soda.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Brighten to make bright or brighter
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  • Saki
    “Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.”
  • Ben Sweetland
    Ben Sweetland
    “We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sorrow is the rust of the soul and activity will cleanse and brighten it.”


Brighten up the day - If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. beorhtan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beorht; cog. with Goth. bairhts, clear, L. flagr-āre, to flame.


In literature:

But Lee had asked a sign and there, like a slender finger pointing to the brightening sky, was a sign.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
Conway lifted his hat, his sullen eyes brightening.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
His face brightened; the coast was clear; it was the very morning to play toreador.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
It brightened her face delightfully, making the eyes she had spoken of so disparagingly narrow into dancing slits.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
He saw that it brightened up with proud satisfaction, and that gradually a cold, disdainful smile played on his lips.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Our poverty will only seem the darker now for having been brightened for a transient hour.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
For half an hour then, he browsed about the sun-lit shop, selecting here and there bits with which to brighten his room during the week.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
But they brighten in her fancy, and she sighs for their return.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Smith brightened up at this.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
She looked pale and anxious, but brightened up as she saw him.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The clearing operations serve to remove impurities, to brighten the colour, and to more fully fix it on the cotton.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
His countenance had brightened when he saw the letter from the Admiralty, but it lighted up still more as he read the letter.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
His eye brightened as it glanced at the superscription of a letter which was handed to him.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
Here Owen and Barry were waiting for her; and at the sight of the trim little figure in the doorway the faces of both men brightened.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
I'm so glad," cried Bertha, her fair face brightening up with pleasure, "for I am very fond of Ruyter.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
Day by day, as her mind strengthened and her genius developed, Olive's existence seemed to brighten.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
And then he brightened.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
A glow of excitement brightened the dusk of her face.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Instantly the lady smiled, and the smile brightened as he came near.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
Decidedly the expression was one of brightening.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford

In poetry:

Nor sun nor moonbeam brightens
Those regions with a ray,
But God Himself enlightens
Their one eternal day.
"The Departing Spirit" by James Edmeston
There is a place of grass
With daisies like white pools,
Or shining islands in a sea
Of brightening waves.
"Listening" by John Freeman
No loving hand e'er brightened
Her life with tender care,
No mother's baby-kisses
Were ever hers to share.
"Old Aunt Lucy" by Madge Morris Wagner
The age to brighten every path
By sin and sorrow trod;
For loving hearts to usher in
The commonwealth of God.
"The Present Age" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Friendship's like the moon,
All our sorrows lightening
But Love is as the sun,
Burning while 'tis brightening.
"Friendship and Love" by Mary Anne Browne
Waking while the dawning gray
Slowly brightened into day,
Pondering that vision fled,
Thus unto myself I said:--
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Gas price slide could brighten Thanksgiving.
If you're as amused as I was, thank me profusely for brightening your day.
Butterfield 8 brightens up October with the opening of "She Stoops to Conquer," running Oct 11-Nov. 4 at Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Concord.
Butterfield 8 brightens up October with the opening of "She Stoops to Conquer.".
Cabot Stains, a division of Valspar Corp. Has voluntarily recalled its Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener sold in spray pump containers.
Announced a voluntary recall of its Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener in container with spray pump.
PENINSULA — The annual candlelight walk in Peninsula brightened up the village the evening of Nov 29.
Here's a little something to brighten your (possibly cloudy, rainy, windy) day.
A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week.
Well, at least they are brightened up by our weekly chats .
Among the hire's successes: pan-roasted scallops presented with an airy parsnip soup and brussels sprouts brightened with lemon confit, a main course destined for the new chef 's debut menu.
A Fort Myers-based women's retailer hasn't just brightened its clothes, it has brightened its earnings.
That spirit of giving, of helping others, of brightening the lives of people around you, is the foundation of Christ 's teaching and the reason for the season.
A giant evergreen that will brighten the Capitol lawn this winter won't be called a Christmas tree .
Brighten Up Your Winter Manicure.

In science:

T data sets, the effect of scintillator brightening is already removed.
Studies of the Response of the Prototype CMS Hadron Calorimeter, Including Magnetic Field Effects, to Pion, Electron, and Muon Beams
Lawrence et al. 2000) are also X-ray brightened.
Monitoring the Evolution of the X-ray Remnant of SN 1987A
Stationary systems will deliver rather homogeneous recurrence plots, whereas nonstationary systems cause changes in the distribution of recurrence points in the plot visible by brightened areas.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
GRB 970508 showed a brightening at t ∼ 2 days, which was observed in optical (Galama et al. 1998) and possibly also in X-rays (Piro et al. 1998).
The Variable Light Curve of GRB 030329: The Case for Refreshed Shocks
In these two cases a single epoch of re-brightening was observed.
The Variable Light Curve of GRB 030329: The Case for Refreshed Shocks
The optical light curve shows a well monitored re-brightening between t ∼ 1.3 and ∼ 1.7 days.
The Variable Light Curve of GRB 030329: The Case for Refreshed Shocks
Each such shell injects energy into the afterglow shock as it collides with it from behind, and causes a re-brightening in the afterglow light curve.
The Variable Light Curve of GRB 030329: The Case for Refreshed Shocks
It seems likely that this edge brightening is related in some way to the radio source and could be the result of illumination by the active nucleus.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
The apparent edge brightening in d and c seen in the HST F622W image likely results from illumination effects involving photoionization and/or scattering.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
However, while we have no way of easily discriminating shock ionization from pure photoionization in the arc, the edge brightening and the low velocities relative to the nucleus lead us to believe that this gas is not currently being severely affected by shock.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
NGC 6888 shows a hot component (8 × 106 K) which requires reduced heat conduction, but the component is more limb brightened than expected in standard models (Wigge et al. 1998).
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
There was an o bject present in the reference image which appeared coincident with the brightening object.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
This will help in distinguishing a merger scenario from a dwarf elliptical experiencing a 5 magnitude brightening.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
The broad-band image shows brightening on the ring edges to the SE and (to a lesser extent) the NW, and faint extensions to the NE and SW. A faint central star is also visible.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
The knots are even more sharply defined in the [O III] image, but the Hα image shows only a moderate brightening on the W side.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae