lighten Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “lighten” - Learner’s Dictionary

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 from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More