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English verb: lighten

1. lighten (emotion) make more cheerful


SamplesThe conversation lightened me up a bit.


Synonymsbuoy up, lighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cheer


Causebuoy up, lighten, lighten up


Antonymsweigh down, weigh on

2. lighten (contact) reduce the weight on; make lighter


SamplesShe lightened the load on the tired donkey.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disburden, unburden

3. lighten (communication) become more cheerful


SamplesAfter a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit.


Synonymsbuoy up, lighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)cheer, cheer up, chirk up

4. lighten (change) make lighter or brighter


SamplesThe paint will brighten the room.


Synonymsbrighten, lighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Antonymsdarken

5. lighten (change) become lighter


SamplesThe room lightened up.


Synonymslighten up


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)illume, illuminate, illumine, irradiate, light, light up


Antonymsdarken

6. lighten (change) alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive


SamplesRelieve the pressure and the stress.
Lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents.


Synonymsrelieve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)mitigate









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