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lightenverb

uk   /ˈlaɪ.tən/ us   /ˈlaɪ.t̬ən/
(Definition of lighten from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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.
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