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light|en
light|en1 «LY tuhn», intransitive verb.
1. to grow light; become brighter: »

The sky lightens before the dawn.

2. Figurative. to brighten: »

Her face lightened.

3. to become lighter in color.
4. to flash with lightning: »

It thundered and lightened outside.

–v.t.
1. to make light; give light to: »

Dawn lightens the sky. The city had no need of the sun…for the glory of God did lighten it (Revelation 21:23).

2. Figurative. to brighten (as the face or eyes).
3. to make lighter in color.
4. to flash like lightning: »

Now she lightens scorn At him that mars her plan (Tennyson).

5. Archaic. to enlighten or illuminate spiritually: »

Now the Lord lighten thee! Thou art a great fool (Shakespeare).

[Middle English lighten < light1]
light´en|er, noun.
light|en2 «LY tuhn», transitive verb.
1. to reduce the load of (a ship or other carrier or a container) or lessen the weight of (a load or quantity); make lighter: »

The airplane was lightened when we removed some of the cargo. We lightened the load of the airplane. Figurative. I was lightened of my purse, in which was almost every farthing I had (Washington Irving).

2. to make less of a burden: »

to lighten the burden of his work, lighten taxes.

SYNONYM(S): alleviate, mitigate.
3. Figurative. to make more cheerful: »

The good news lightened our hearts.

–v.i.
1. to have the load reduced; become lighter.
2. to become less of a burden: »

Their luggage…lightened every day (Daniel Defoe).

3. Figurative. to become more cheerful: »

Their spirits lightened as summer vacation drew near.

[Middle English lighten < light2]
light´en|er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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