Meaning of “bright” in the English Dictionary

"bright" in British English

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brightadjective

uk /braɪt/ us /braɪt/

bright adjective (LIGHT)

B1 full of light, shining:

bright sunshine
The rooms were bright and airy.
The lights are too bright in here - they're hurting my eyes.
A bright star was shining in the East.
When she looked up her eyes were bright with tears.
In 2009 I moved to New York, attracted by the bright lights (= the promise of excitement) of the city.

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  • The light was so bright that I had to cover my eyes.
  • The office is quite bright and airy - it's a pleasant working environment.
  • It was a bright moonlit night.
  • The lake sparkled in the bright sunlight.
  • He screwed his eyes tight shut against the bright light.

bright adjective (COLOUR)

A2 strong in colour:

Leslie always wears bright colours.
He said hello and I felt my face turn bright red.
a bright shade of green

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  • She painted her nails a bright red.
  • You can't mistake their house - it's got a bright yellow front door.
  • She looks best in bright, vibrant colours, like red and pink.
  • Jazz the dress up with some bright accessories.
  • His eyes were bright blue with a roguish twinkle in them.

bright adjective (INTELLIGENT)

B2 intelligent and quick to learn:

They were bright children, always asking questions.
She was enthusiastic and full of bright ideas and suggestions.

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  • Da Silva plays a bright, lonely student from New York, adrift in small-town Arizona.
  • She's fresh out of/from university and very bright.
  • He's very good-looking but not terribly bright.
  • She wants a man who is bright, attractive and funny as well, which is asking the impossible in my opinion.
  • He's a bright enough student - he just lacks motivation.

bright adjective (HAPPY)

B2 full of hope for success or happiness:

You're very bright and cheerful this morning.
Things are starting to look brighter for British businesses.
She's an excellent student with a bright future.

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  • The receptionist had a bright set smile on his face, but I could tell that he was bored.
  • The experts are painting a brighter picture of the state of the economy.
  • With no job or qualifications, the future didn't look bright for James.
  • The customers loved her bright and cheerful manner.
  • Look on the bright side - no one was badly hurt.
brightness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbraɪt.nəs/ us /ˈbraɪt.nəs/

The brightness of the snow made him blink.
brightly
adverb uk /ˈbraɪt.li/ us /ˈbraɪt.li/

B2

a brightly lit room
Clowns often wear brightly coloured clothing.
Despite her fear, she spoke brightly to the group.

brightnoun

uk /braɪt/ us /braɪt/

(Definition of “bright” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bright" in American English

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brightadjective

us /brɑɪt/

bright adjective (LIGHT)

bright adjective (COLOR)

bright adjective (INTELLIGENT)

[ -er/-est only ] (of a person) intelligent and quick to learn:

He’s a bright, well-organized guy.
She was full of bright ideas.

bright adjective (HAPPY)

full of hope or happiness:

He has a bright future ahead of him.
brightness
noun [ U ] us /ˈbrɑɪt·nəs/

The brightness of the summer day made him blink.

(Definition of “bright” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bright" in Business English

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brightadjective

uk /braɪt/ us

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe a financial market where prices are rising and there is a lot of activity:

Trading was bright with shares up just over 1% at 103.85p.

full of hope for success:

a bright future
be/look bright for sb/sth The outlook is bright for Asian stock markets.

(Definition of “bright” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)