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  • verb
    -ens; -ened; -ening
    [+ obj] :to make (something) bright, light, or clear
    She tried several dyes to lighten her hair.
    He turned on a few lamps to lighten (upthe room.
    [no obj] :to become bright, light, or clear
    -ens; -ened; -ening
    [+ obj] :to make (something) less heavy, difficult, or severe
    lighten a burden
    [no obj] :to become less heavy, difficult, or severe
    [+ obj] :to make (something) less sad or serious
    He told a few jokes in an attempt to lighten her mood.
    [no obj] :to become less sad or serious
    [no obj] :to become less forceful
    The wind lightened a bit. - compare 1lighten
    lighten up
    [phrasal verb] informal :to become more relaxed and informal :to stop being serious, worried, etc.
    He really needs to lighten up and relax a little. - often used as a command
    Lighten up (a bitand enjoy yourself!