Translation of "brighten" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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brightenverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈbraɪ.tən/ us /ˈbraɪ.t̬ən/

brighten verb [ I or T ] (LIGHTER)

to (cause to) become lighter

(使)发光,(使)发亮
The room was small and dark, without so much as a ray of light to brighten the gloom. 房间窄小昏暗,连一丝光线也没有。
It was rainy this morning, but it brightened up (= the sun started shining) after lunch. 今天早晨下雨,但午饭后天晴了。

brighten verb [ I or T ] (HAPPIER)

to (cause to) become happy or full of hope

(使)快活起来;(使)充满希望
Her eyes brightened when she saw him enter the room. 当她看见他进入房间时,眼睛一亮。
There are, however, one or two items of good news to brighten the economic picture a bit. 然而,总会有一两条好消息让人对经济前景有些希望。

(Translation of “brighten” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)