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Meaning of “lighten up” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of lighten up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lighten up

phrasal verb with lighten  us   /ˈlɑɪ·tən/ verb [T]
  • (MAKE NOT SERIOUS)

stop being so ​serious: Why don’t you just ​relax and ​enjoy yourself? Lighten up!
(Definition of lighten up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lighten up”
in Arabic يَبْتَهِج…
in Korean 기운 내…
in Portuguese alegrar-se…
in Catalan alegrar-se, animar-se…
in Japanese 元気づける, 元気になる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 放松,缓和…
in Turkish hafiflemek, rahatlamak, daha az ciddi hâle gelmek…
in Russian успокаиваться, расслабляться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 放鬆,緩和…
in Italian rilassarsi…
in Polish rozchmurzyć się…
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