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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of brighten.


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  • Then his expression brightened as Balfour pushed the kitchen door open with his elbow and came out holding a silver tray cluttered with mugs and a steaming pot.

    End of Time

  • His expression brightened at the new arrival, nodding with enthusiasm of his own.

    Miracle Workers

  • Then her expression brightened, and a smile curved her mouth as color flooded back into her cheeks.


  • The pilot hesitated, and then his expression brightened.

    Deception Point

  • The young woman’s eyes widened and her expression brightened with self-importance.


  • Her expression brightened for the first time since he had brought her back from Peaceful’s office.

    Sharp Edges

  • Her expression brightened into a wide, unfeigned, childlike smile.

    Through Wolfs Eyes

  • His expression brightened when he remembered the scabbard that hung from his belt.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • Hagrid appeared at once, looking very grumpy, but his expression brightened when he saw who it was.

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • When his gaze shifted to Laura, his expression brightened with recognition.

    Too Many Bosses


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