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Synonyms for lighten
ˈlaɪt nlight·en

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb

    make more cheerful

    "the conversation lightened me up a bit"

    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten, buoy

    weigh on, darken, weigh down

  2. lightenverb

    reduce the weight on; make lighter

    "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"

    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten

    darken, weigh on, weigh down

  3. lighten, lighten up, buoy upverb

    become more cheerful

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

    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten, buoy

    weigh on, darken, weigh down

  4. brighten, lighten up, lightenverb

    make lighter or brighter

    "The paint will brighten the room"

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

    darken, weigh down, weigh on

  5. lighten, lighten upverb

    become lighter

    "The room lightened up"

    relieve, buoy up, lighten up, brighten

    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"

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

    weigh down, weigh on, darken

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lightenverb

    flash [said of lightning]

  2. lightenverb

    [Colloquial.] grow lighter, clear off

  3. lightenverb

    illuminate, irradiate, illume, light

  4. lightenverb

    ease, make lighter, make easier

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lightenverb

    light, illuminate, illume, ease, relieve, alleviate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "lighten":

    alleviate, ease, relieve, reduce, mitigate, lessen

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How to use lighten in a sentence?

  1. Ho Sau Mei:

    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.

  2. Ray Cannata:

    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.

  3. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    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.

  4. John Lancaster Spalding:

    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.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    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
  • 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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