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BRIGHTEN, v.t. britn. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase luster.

1. To make luminous by light from without, or by dispelling gloom; as, to brighten sorrow or prospects.

2. To cheer; to make gay or cheerful.

Joy brightens his crest.

3. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; as, to brighten a character.

4. To make acute or witty.

BRIGHTEN, v.i. britn. To grow bright, or more bright; to clear up; as, the sky brightens.

1. To become less dark or gloomy; as, our prospects brighten.



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BRIGHTEN, v.t. britn. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase luster.

1. To make luminous by light from without, or by dispelling gloom; as, to brighten sorrow or prospects.

2. To cheer; to make gay or cheerful.

Joy brightens his crest.

3. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; as, to brighten a character.

4. To make acute or witty.

BRIGHTEN, v.i. britn. To grow bright, or more bright; to clear up; as, the sky brightens.

1. To become less dark or gloomy; as, our prospects brighten.

BRIGHT'EN, v.i. [brītn.]

  1. To grow bright, or more bright; to clear up; as, the sky brightens.
  2. To become less dark or gloomy; as, our prospects brighten.

BRIGHT'EN, v.t. [brītn.]

  1. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase luster.
  2. To make luminous by light from without, or by dispelling gloom; as, to brighten sorrow or prospects. – Philips.
  3. To cheer; to make gay or cheerful. Joy brightens his crest. – Milton.
  4. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; as, to brighten a character. – Swift.
  5. To make acute or witty. – Johnson.

Bright"en
  1. To make bright or brighter] to make to shine; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
  2. To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful.

    And night shall brighten into day.
    N. Cotton.

    And, all his prospects brightening to the last,
    His heaven commences ere world be past.
    Goldsmith.

  3. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to.

    The present queen would brighten her character, if she would exert her authority to instill virtues into her people.
    Swift.

  4. To improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to make cheerful; as, to brighten one's prospects.

    An ecstasy, which mothers only feel,
    Plays round my heart and brightens all my sorrow.
    Philips.

  5. To make acute or witty; to enliven.

    Johnson.
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Brighten

BRIGHTEN, verb transitive britn. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase luster.

1. To make luminous by light from without, or by dispelling gloom; as, to brighten sorrow or prospects.

2. To cheer; to make gay or cheerful.

Joy brightens his crest.

3. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; as, to brighten a character.

4. To make acute or witty.

BRIGHTEN, verb intransitive britn. To grow bright, or more bright; to clear up; as, the sky brightens.

1. To become less dark or gloomy; as, our prospects brighten

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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attaint

ATTA'INT, v.t. [See Attainder.]

1. To taint or corrupt; to extinguish the pure or inheritable blood of a person found guilty of treason or felony, by confession, battle, or verdict, and consequent sentence of death, or by special act of Parliament.

No person shall be attainted of high treason where corruption of blood is incurred, but by the oath of two witnesses, &c.

2. To taint, as the credit of jurors, convicted of giving a false verdict. This is done by special writ of attaint. The conviction of such a crime attaints the reputation of jurors, and renders them infamous.

3. To disgrace; to cloud with infamy; to stain.

4. To taint or corrupt.

ATTA'INT, n.

1. A stain, spot or taint. [See taint.]

2. Any thing injurious; that which impairs. Obs.

3. A blow or wound on the hinder feet of a horse.

4. A writ which lies after judgment against a jury for giving a false verdict in any court of record.

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