lighten Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "lighten" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

lightenverb [T]

 us   /ˈlɑɪ·tən/

lighten verb [T] (MAKE NOT SERIOUS)

to make someone or become happier and less anxious: Being with friends lightened her mood.

lighten verb [T] (MAKE NOT HEAVY)

to reduce the weight of something: He lost 30 pounds to lighten the burden on his knee. To lighten is also to make an amount of work or a responsibility less heavy: To lighten the load, he decided to divide the job between two people.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of lighten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lighten?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “lighten” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
athlete

a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events

Word of the Day

When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
by Kate Woodford,
July 22, 2015
Here at ‘About Words’ we’re always happy to get ideas for posts that we could write. A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on the language of meals and we thought this an excellent idea. If you are reading this post and have an idea for a topic or

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More