from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become bright or brighter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make bright or brighter in color
- v. To add luster or splendor to
- v. (figuratively) To make more cheerful and pleasant; to enliven
- v. To grow bright, or more bright in color; to clear up
- v. To become brighter or more cheerful in mood
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
- transitive v. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to.
- transitive v. To improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to make cheerful.
- transitive v. To make acute or witty; to enliven.
- intransitive v. To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grow bright or more bright; become less dark or gloomy: literally or figuratively.
- To make bright or brighter in any manner; shed light on; make to shine; increase the luster of.
- To dispel gloom from; cheer; make gay or cheerful: as, to brighten prospects.
- To make illustrious or more distinguished; heighten the splendor of; add luster to.
- To make acute or witty; sharpen the faculties of.
- To add brilliancy to the colors of (prints, etc.), by boiling them in a solution of soda.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become clear
- v. make lighter or brighter
Anglo-Saxon beorhtan. bright + -en (Wiktionary)