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whit·en

 (wīt′n, hwīt′n)
tr. & intr.v. whit·ened, whit·en·ing, whit·ens
To make or become white or whiter, especially by bleaching.

whit′en·er n.

whiten

(ˈwaɪtən)
vb
(Colours) to make or become white or whiter; bleach
ˈwhitening n

whit•en

(ˈʰwaɪt n, ˈwaɪt n)

v.t., v.i.
to make or become white or whiter.
[1250–1300]

whiten


Past participle: whitened
Gerund: whitening

Imperative
whiten
whiten
Present
I whiten
you whiten
he/she/it whitens
we whiten
you whiten
they whiten
Preterite
I whitened
you whitened
he/she/it whitened
we whitened
you whitened
they whitened
Present Continuous
I am whitening
you are whitening
he/she/it is whitening
we are whitening
you are whitening
they are whitening
Present Perfect
I have whitened
you have whitened
he/she/it has whitened
we have whitened
you have whitened
they have whitened
Past Continuous
I was whitening
you were whitening
he/she/it was whitening
we were whitening
you were whitening
they were whitening
Past Perfect
I had whitened
you had whitened
he/she/it had whitened
we had whitened
you had whitened
they had whitened
Future
I will whiten
you will whiten
he/she/it will whiten
we will whiten
you will whiten
they will whiten
Future Perfect
I will have whitened
you will have whitened
he/she/it will have whitened
we will have whitened
you will have whitened
they will have whitened
Future Continuous
I will be whitening
you will be whitening
he/she/it will be whitening
we will be whitening
you will be whitening
they will be whitening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whitening
you have been whitening
he/she/it has been whitening
we have been whitening
you have been whitening
they have been whitening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whitening
you will have been whitening
he/she/it will have been whitening
we will have been whitening
you will have been whitening
they will have been whitening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whitening
you had been whitening
he/she/it had been whitening
we had been whitening
you had been whitening
they had been whitening
Conditional
I would whiten
you would whiten
he/she/it would whiten
we would whiten
you would whiten
they would whiten
Past Conditional
I would have whitened
you would have whitened
he/she/it would have whitened
we would have whitened
you would have whitened
they would have whitened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.whiten - turn whitewhiten - turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"
bleach - make whiter or lighter; "bleach the laundry"
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
black, blacken, nigrify, melanise, melanize - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"

whiten

verb
1. pale, blanch, go white, turn pale, blench, fade, etiolate His face whitened as he heard the news.
pale colour, darken
2. bleach, lighten toothpastes that whiten the teeth
bleach darken, blacken, stain
Translations
يُبَيِّض
blege
bleikja, hvítna
vybieliť
blekavitvitna
ağar makbeyazla mak

whiten

[ˈwaɪtn]
A. VTblanquear
B. VIblanquear; [person] → palidecer, ponerse pálido

whiten

hwaɪtən]
vi [knuckles] → blanchir; [cheeks, face] → pâlir
vt [+ teeth] → blanchir

whiten

vtweiß machen
viweiß werden

whiten

[ˈwaɪtn] vt (shoes) → dare il bianchetto a

white

(wait) adjective
1. of the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. The bride wore a white dress.
2. having light-coloured skin, through being of European etc descent. the first white man to explore Africa.
3. abnormally pale, because of fear, illness etc. He went white with shock.
4. with milk in it. A white coffee, please.
noun
1. the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. White and black are opposites.
2. a white-skinned person. racial trouble between blacks and whites.
3. (also ˈegg-white) the clear fluid in an egg, surrounding the yolk. This recipe tells you to separate the yolks from the whites.
4. (of an eye) the white part surrounding the pupil and iris. The whites of her eyes are bloodshot.
ˈwhiten verb
to make or become white or whiter. She used a little bleach to whiten the sheets.
ˈwhiteness noun
ˈwhitening noun
a substance used to make certain things (eg tennis shoes) white again.
ˈwhitish adjective
fairly white; close to white.
ˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective
(of workers, jobs etc) not manual; (working) in an office etc.
white elephant
a useless, unwanted possession.
white horse noun
(usually in plural) a wave that has a crest of white foam.
ˌwhite-ˈhot adjective
(of metals) so hot that they have turned white. a white-hot poker.
white lie
a not very serious lie. I'd rather tell my mother a white lie than tell her the truth and upset her.
ˈwhitewash noun
a mixture of usually lime and water, used for whitening walls.
verb
to cover with whitewash.
ˈwhitewashed adjective
white winewine
References in classic literature ?
He had gone beyond the sweep some way along the Highbury roadthe snow was nowhere above half an inch deepin many places hardly enough to whiten the ground; a very few flakes were falling at present, but the clouds were parting, and there was every appearance of its being soon over.
you have fallen upon the Halakazi, and doubtless have killed many innocent people with that great axe of yours, also you have left nearly half of the soldiers of the Axe to whiten in the Swazi caves, and in exchange have brought back certain cattle of a small breed, and girls and children whom we must nourish!
The finest and the fattest is for their board; the loveliest is for their couch; the best and bravest supply their foreign masters with soldiers, and whiten distant lands with their bones, leaving few here who have either will or the power to protect the unfortunate Saxon.
bleaching grounds = open spaces where newly woven linen is spread to whiten in the sun; legitimist.
As the breezes sport with the chaff upon some goodly threshing-floor, when men are winnowing--while yellow Ceres blows with the wind to sift the chaff from the grain, and the chaff-heaps grow whiter and whiter--even so did the Achaeans whiten in the dust which the horses' hoofs raised to the firmament of heaven, as their drivers turned them back to battle, and they bore down with might upon the foe.
If so be that they took count of the color of the skin in heaven, why, they might refuse to muster on their books a Christian-born, like myself, just for the matter of a little tan, from cruising in warm latitudes; though, for the matter of that, this damned norwester is enough to whiten the skin of a blackamore.
She was but thirty at the time of her death, and yet her hair had already begun to whiten, even as mine has.
Your bones will whiten up there, and none will know where you lie or come to cover them.
Ethan, rising on his elbow, watched the landscape whiten and shape itself under the sculpture of the moon.
The fall of snowflakes in a still air, preserving to each crystal its perfect form; the blowing of sleet over a wide sheet of water, and over plains; the waving ryefield; the mimic waving of acres of houstonia, whose innumerable florets whiten and ripple before the eye; the reflections of trees and flowers in glassy lakes; the musical steaming odorous south wind, which converts all trees to windharps; the crackling and spurting of hemlock in the flames, or of pine logs, which yield glory to the walls and faces in the sittingroom,--these are the music and pictures of the most ancient religion.
The Fuller replied, "The arrangement is impossible as far as I am concerned, for whatever I should whiten, you would immediately blacken again with your charcoal.
I felt I could drag myself but little farther; pretty soon, I must lie down and die on these wet mountains like a sheep or a fox, and my bones must whiten there like the bones of a beast.