lighten, lighten up, buoy up(verb)
make more cheerful
"the conversation lightened me up a bit"
reduce the weight on; make lighter
"she lightened the load on the tired donkey"
lighten, lighten up, buoy up(verb)
become more cheerful
"after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
brighten, lighten up, lighten(verb)
make lighter or brighter
"The paint will brighten the room"
lighten, lighten up(verb)
"The room lightened up"
alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive
"relieve the pressure and the stress"; "lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Etymologically, to alleviate is to lift a burden toward oneself, and so lighten it for the bearer; to relieve is to lift it back from the bearer, nearly or quite away; to remove is to take it away altogether. Alleviate is thus less than relieve; relieve, ordinarily, less than remove. We alleviate, relieve or remove the trouble; we relieve, not alleviate, the sufferer. Assuage is, by derivation, to sweeten; mitigate, to make mild; moderate, to bring within measure; abate, to beat down, and so make less. We abate a fever; lessen anxiety; moderate passions or desires; lighten burdens; mitigate or alleviate pain; reduce inflammation; soften, assuage, or moderate grief; we lighten or mitigate punishments; we relieve any suffering of body or mind that admits of help, comfort, or remedy. Alleviate has been often confused with allay. Compare ALLAY.
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How to use Lighten in a sentence?
Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.
The unrelenting rally in European shares continues, helped by the weak euro and improving economic data. There is no reason right now to lighten up and I continue to be a buyer.
What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.
Just being happy helps other souls along Their burdens may be heavy and they not strong And your own sky will lighten, If other skies you brighten, by just being happy with a heart full of song.
Things feel really grim right now, so we printed up the signs to give people something to smile about. People are coming into the church to worship and celebrate, but they're worried about getting sick or making someone else sick. Everyone's wearing masks and giving each other space. It's all stuff we aren't accustomed to at all so this just helps lighten the mood.
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- alleujar, alleugerirCatalan, Valencian
- aligerar, aclarar, aliviarSpanish
- valaista, kevetä, keventää, keventyä, kirkastua, valaistua, kirkastaaFinnish
- lumizar, gayigar, lejereskar, alejar, lejerigar, klareskar, klarigar, lumar, gayeskarIdo
- aliviar, aligeirarPortuguese
- облегча́ть, обле́гчить, осветля́ть, посветле́ть, осветли́ть, смягчи́ть, светле́ть, смягча́тьRussian
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