a little, slightly, etc.

Their rather heavy faces brightened visibly.


She brightened up a little at the thought of the cruise.

Brighten is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑eye, ↑face, ↑mood
Brighten is used with these nouns as the object: ↑mood

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • Brighten — Bright en, v. i. [AS. beorhtan.] To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful. [1913 Webster] And night shall brighten into day. N. Cotton. [1913 Webster] And, all his prospects… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • brighten — O.E. *beorhtnian to make bright (see BRIGHT (Cf. bright)). Intrans. sense, to become brighter, attested from c.1300. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Brightened; brightening …   Etymology dictionary

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  • brighten — [brīt′ n] vt., vi. [ME < OE brihtan < beorht,BRIGHT] 1. to make or become bright or brighter 2. to make or become happy or happier; gladden; cheer up …   English World dictionary

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