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light·en 1

v. light·ened, light·en·ing, light·ens
a. To make light or lighter; illuminate or brighten.
b. To make (a color) lighter.
2. Archaic To enlighten.
1. To become lighter; brighten.
2. To be luminous; shine.
3. To give off flashes of lightning.

light·en 2

v. light·ened, light·en·ing, light·ens
1. To make less heavy: I lightened my backpack by removing a large textbook.
2. To lessen the severity or oppressiveness of: lighten the workload. See Synonyms at relieve.
3. To make less worried or more cheerful: lighten the mood.
1. To become less in weight.
2. To become less oppressive, troublesome, or severe.
3. To become cheerful: The mood lightened when the party started.
Phrasal Verb:
lighten up Informal
To take matters less seriously: Everything will work out fine, so stop worrying and lighten up.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.lighten up - make more cheerful; "the conversation lightened me up a bit"
cheer - show approval or good wishes by shouting; "everybody cheered the birthday boy"
2.lighten up - become more cheerful; "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
chirk up, cheer up, cheer - become cheerful
3.lighten up - make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
4.lighten up - become lighter; "The room lightened up"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
irradiate - cast rays of light upon
illume, illuminate, illumine, light, light up - make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"

w>lighten up

vi (inf)die Dinge leichter nehmen; lighten up!nimms leicht!
References in classic literature ?
Once a week the German daily of the highest class lightens up its heavy columns--that is, it thinks it lightens them up--with a profound, an abysmal, book criticism; a criticism which carries you down, down, down into the scientific bowels of the subject--for the German critic is nothing if not scientific--and when you come up at last and scent the fresh air and see the bonny daylight once more, you resolve without a dissenting voice that a book criticism is a mistaken way to lighten up a German daily.
It is not just a horror book; it contains adventure, a tragic love story and it is all undercut with dark humour, which lightens up even the darkest of times.