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lighten

verb
 
 
/ˈlaɪtən/
LESS SERIOUS [I, T] If a serious situation lightens, it becomes less serious, and if something or someone lightens it, they make it less serious: Her mood lightened a bit when I asked about her holiday. He tried to lighten the atmosphere by telling a joke.Making things betterBecoming better
lighten the burden/load to reduce the amount of work or trouble someone has to deal withMaking things betterBecoming better
LESS DARK [I, T] to become less dark, or to make something less dark: The sun had lightened her hair.Pale and colourless and causing colour to fade
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