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English definition of “lighten”

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
(Definition of lighten verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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