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LIGHTEN, v.i. li'tn. [from light, the fluid.]

1. To flash; to burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with an instantaneous illumination.

This dreadful night that thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars as doth the lion.

2. To shine like lightning.

3. To fall; to light. Obs.

LIGHTEN, v.t. li'tn.

1. To dissipate darkness; to fill with light; to spread over with light; to illuminate; to enlighten; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.

A key of fire ran all along the shore, and lightened all the river with a blaze.

2. To illuminate with knowledge; in a moral sense.

A light to lighten the Gentiles. Luke 2.

3. To free from trouble and fill with joy.

They looked to him and were lightened. Ps. 34.

LIGHTEN, v.t. li'tn. [from light, not heavy.]

1. To make lighter; to reduce in weight; to make less heavy; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.

2. To alleviate; to make less burdensome or afflictive; as, to lighten the cares of life; to lighten the burden of grief.

3. To cheer; to exhilarate.

He lightens my humor with his merry jest.



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LIGHTEN, v.i. li'tn. [from light, the fluid.]

1. To flash; to burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with an instantaneous illumination.

This dreadful night that thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars as doth the lion.

2. To shine like lightning.

3. To fall; to light. Obs.

LIGHTEN, v.t. li'tn.

1. To dissipate darkness; to fill with light; to spread over with light; to illuminate; to enlighten; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.

A key of fire ran all along the shore, and lightened all the river with a blaze.

2. To illuminate with knowledge; in a moral sense.

A light to lighten the Gentiles. Luke 2.

3. To free from trouble and fill with joy.

They looked to him and were lightened. Ps. 34.

LIGHTEN, v.t. li'tn. [from light, not heavy.]

1. To make lighter; to reduce in weight; to make less heavy; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.

2. To alleviate; to make less burdensome or afflictive; as, to lighten the cares of life; to lighten the burden of grief.

3. To cheer; to exhilarate.

He lightens my humor with his merry jest.

LIGHT'EN, v.i. [li'tn; from light, the fluid; Sax. lihtan.]

  1. To flash; to burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with an instantaneous illumination. This dreadful night / That thunders, lightens, open graves, and roars / As doth the lion. – Shak.
  2. To shine like lightning. – Shak.
  3. To fall; to light. [Obs.]

LIGHT'EN, v.t.1

  1. To dissipate darkness; to fill with light; to spread over with light; to illuminate; to enlighten; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets. A key of fire ran all along the shore, / And lightened all the river with a blaze. – Dryden.
  2. To illuminate with knowledge; in a moral sense. A light to lighten the Gentiles. – Luke ii.
  3. To free from trouble and fill with joy. They looked to him and were lightened. – Ps. xxxiv.

LIGHT'EN, v.t.2 [li'tn; from light, not heavy; Sax. lihtan.]

  1. To make lighter; to reduce in weight; to make less heavy; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
  2. To alleviate; to make less burdensome or afflictive; as, to lighten the cares of life; to lighten the burden of grief.
  3. To cheer; to exhilarate. He lightens my humor with his merry jest. – Shak.

Light"en
  1. To descend; to light.

    O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us. Book of Common Prayer [Eng. Ed.].

  2. To burst forth or dart, as lightning] to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash.

    This dreadful night,
    That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
    As doth the lion.
    Shak.

  3. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.

    [In this sense less common than light.]

    A key of fire ran all along the shore,
    And lightened all the river with a blaze.
    Dryden.

  4. To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
  5. To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.
  6. To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.

    [In this sense less common than enlighten.]

    Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray. Sir J. Davies.

  7. To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.
  8. To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.

    His eye . . . lightens forth
    Controlling majesty.
    Shak.

  9. To cheer; to exhilarate.

    Lightens my humor with his merry jests. Shak.

  10. To free from trouble and fill with joy.

    They looked unto him, and were lightened. Ps. xxxiv. 5.

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Lighten

LIGHTEN, verb intransitive li'tn. [from light, the fluid.]

1. To flash; to burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with an instantaneous illumination.

This dreadful night that thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars as doth the lion.

2. To shine like lightning.

3. To fall; to light. obsolete

LIGHTEN, verb transitive li'tn.

1. To dissipate darkness; to fill with light; to spread over with light; to illuminate; to enlighten; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.

A key of fire ran all along the shore, and lightened all the river with a blaze.

2. To illuminate with knowledge; in a moral sense.

A light to lighten the Gentiles. Luke 2:32.

3. To free from trouble and fill with joy.

They looked to him and were lightened. Psalms 34:5.

LIGHTEN, verb transitive li'tn. [from light, not heavy.]

1. To make lighter; to reduce in weight; to make less heavy; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.

2. To alleviate; to make less burdensome or afflictive; as, to lighten the cares of life; to lighten the burden of grief.

3. To cheer; to exhilarate.

He lightens my humor with his merry jest.

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