Synonyms for lighten
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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.
lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb
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 upverb
become more cheerful
"after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
brighten, lighten up, lightenverb
make lighter or brighter
"The paint will brighten the room"
lighten, lighten upverb
"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"
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How to use lighten in a sentence?
Every Sunday, I play mahjong with my siblings, it encourages communication. When people don't have enough communication with each other, mahjong can lighten the mood.
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.
The people of Okinawa are bearing a heavy burden for security with the concentration of U.S. bases, we will continue to make every effort to lighten your burden.
Leave each one his touch of folly it helps to lighten life's burden which, if he could see himself as he is, might be too heavy to carry.
Trump is not going to be president because he says these things that turns people off, for crying out loud, we're two days before Christmas. Lighten up man.
Translations for lighten
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- alleugerir, alleujarCatalan, Valencian
- aliviar, aclarar, aligerarSpanish
- valaista, kevetä, kirkastaa, valaistua, keventää, kirkastua, keventyäFinnish
- lumar, klarigar, klareskar, gayeskar, lumizar, alejar, lejerigar, lejereskar, gayigarIdo
- aligeirar, aliviarPortuguese
- светле́ть, смягча́ть, облегча́ть, обле́гчить, смягчи́ть, осветли́ть, осветля́ть, посветле́тьRussian
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