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BRIGHTEN, verb transitive britn. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase luster.

1. To make luminous by light from without, or by dispelling gloom; as, to brighten sorrow or prospects.

2. To cheer; to make gay or cheerful.

Joy brightens his crest.

3. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; as, to brighten a character.

4. To make acute or witty.

BRIGHTEN, verb intransitive britn. To grow bright, or more bright; to clear up; as, the sky brightens.

1. To become less dark or gloomy; as, our prospects brighten