lighten lighten  /ˈlaɪ tən/


  1. (v) make more cheerful
  2. (v) reduce the weight on; make lighter
  3. (v) become more cheerful
  4. (v) make lighter or brighter
  5. (v) become lighter
  6. (v) alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive




  1. If all that feels a bit too heavy, there are plenty of sites happy to lighten things up.
  2. The blasts turn to laughs soon after when, to lighten the mood, Gibson has the crew bring out a stuffed jaguar and leads the extras running away in mock terror.
  3. If I make the same blunder on the D40, I could lighten up the shots right on the camera, which saves the edited image as a separate file, in case you don't like the fix.


  1. UO Students Lighten their Loads

    EUGENE, Ore. — High schoolers are learning a lesson in real life while teaming up with the University of Oregon’s housing department to move students out of the dorms. The program “Lighten Your Load” allows students to donate unwanted items to the Springfield Public Schools Family Resource Center. Food for Lane County also benefits from … Continue reading »
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KEZI 9 Eugene

  2. Guilford, Waterbury supporting energy efficiency push

    Guilford and Waterbury are aiming to lighten the load of energy bills for its residents.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Hartford Business Journal

  3. Dumb And Dumber Best Explains Chad Johnson's, Judge McHugh's Behavior In Courtroom 'Fanny Tap'

    In the immortal words of Sergeant Hulka from Stripes fame, "Lighten up, Francis."
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "I want to lighten his load a little bit," Maddon said.
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Joe Maddon Source: The Associated Press

  2. "I thought I was funny," Clinton said. "You guys keep telling me to lighten up, be funny. I get a little funny and now I'm being psychoanalyzed."
    on Jan 29, 2007 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "I've tried to lighten it for people. I know how hard it is," said Murray. "There's a lot of goodwill out there for what I've done. And I didn't really appreciate it so much before. I really appreciate it now."
    on Oct 7, 2008 By: Bill Murray Source: FOXNews

Word of the Day
languish languish
/ˈlæŋɡ wɪʃ /