Meaning of “lighten” in the English Dictionary

"lighten" in British English

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lightenverb

uk /ˈlaɪ.tən/ us /ˈlaɪ.t̬ən/

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

"lighten" in American English

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