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ˈlaɪt nlight·en

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  1. lighten

    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.

    Synonyms:
    abate, alleviate, assuage, lessen, mitigate, moderate, reduce, relieve, remove, soften

    Antonyms:
    aggravate, augment, embitter, enhance, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify, make worse

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb

    make more cheerful

    "the conversation lightened me up a bit"

    Synonyms:
    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten, buoy

    Antonyms:
    weigh on, darken, weigh down

  2. lightenverb

    reduce the weight on; make lighter

    "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"

    Synonyms:
    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten

    Antonyms:
    darken, weigh on, weigh down

  3. lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb

    become more cheerful

    "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"

    Synonyms:
    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten, buoy

    Antonyms:
    weigh on, darken, weigh down

  4. brighten, lighten up, lightenverb

    make lighter or brighter

    "The paint will brighten the room"

    Synonyms:
    clear up, buoy up, light up, lighten up, brighten, relieve, clear

    Antonyms:
    darken, weigh down, weigh on

  5. lighten, lighten upverb

    become lighter

    "The room lightened up"

    Synonyms:
    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten

    Antonyms:
    darken, weigh on, weigh down

  6. relieve, lightenverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    exempt, lighten up, relieve, unbosom, buoy up, allay, excuse, free, ease, let off, salvage, brighten, assuage, alleviate, salve, remedy, take over, still, palliate, save

    Antonyms:
    weigh down, weigh on, darken

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  1. alleviate

    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;[34] soften, a ssuage, 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.

    Submitted by santoshk.61727 on June 10, 2023  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. lightenverb

    Synonyms:
    flash [said of lightning]

  2. lightenverb

    Synonyms:
    [Colloquial.] grow lighter, clear off

  3. lightenverb

    Synonyms:
    illuminate, irradiate, illume, light

  4. lightenverb

    Synonyms:
    ease, make lighter, make easier

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. lightenverb

    Synonyms:
    light, illuminate, illume, ease, relieve, alleviate

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  1. List of paraphrases for "lighten":

    alleviate, ease, relieve, reduce, mitigate, lessen

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How to use lighten in a sentence?

  1. Prophet Mohammad:

    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.

  2. Paula Mitchell:

    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.

  3. Takeshi Onaga:

    I strongly call on the government to not be bound by stubborn concerns and to change their policies to lighten our burden.

  4. Michael J. Gelb:

    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.

  5. Purvi Raniga:

    Our internal light has the power to lighten up this whole world.


Translations for lighten

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  • alleugerir, alleujarCatalan, Valencian
  • erleichternGerman
  • aliviar, aclarar, aligerarSpanish
  • valaista, kevetä, kirkastaa, valaistua, keventää, kirkastua, keventyäFinnish
  • allégerFrench
  • alixeirarGalician
  • lumar, klarigar, klareskar, gayeskar, lumizar, alejar, lejerigar, lejereskar, gayigarIdo
  • alleggerireItalian
  • 덜어주다Korean
  • whakamāmāMāori
  • verlichtenDutch
  • aligeirar, aliviarPortuguese
  • светле́ть, смягча́ть, облегча́ть, обле́гчить, смягчи́ть, осветли́ть, осветля́ть, посветле́тьRussian

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