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?
You know, I was trying to lighten the mood.
In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen? — On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependance on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty.
I think the policy is fine, i think we should lighten up a little bit about the importance of phone calls and signals that may or may not have been sent. I think policy is pretty stable and the Chinese relationship is very important.
The average time for the California Supreme Court to decide these death penalty appeal cases is about 15 years, but some cases have lasted 20 to 25 years, other states with the death penalty, like Texas, have an intermediate court of criminal appeals to handle the direct appeals and lighten the caseload for those states' courts of last resort.
Sir Howard is among the finest directors I've ever served with, his understanding of global economics, risk, and their impact on global financial institutions is invaluable. He also brings a wonderful wit that can lighten a moment in just the right manner.
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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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