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lighten up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lighten up become lighter "The room lightened up"
    • v lighten up make lighter or brighter "The paint will brighten the room"
    • v lighten up become more cheerful "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
    • v lighten up make more cheerful "the conversation lightened me up a bit"
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Usage

In literature:

The faces of the Sauk and Jack Carleton lightened up, when Deerfoot appeared, and warningly raised his finger for them to remain quiet.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Her eyes widened, and her little thin face, which wasn't a bit pretty, lightened up now in a way that Polly thought was perfectly beautiful.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
By that time the moon would be up and the road lightened.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
With lightened heart, Walter ran the canoe far up into the mangroves and fastened it securely to a large root.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
His pale face flushed up, and his eyes lightened as he walked there.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It was gloomy business in camp, and at the first sign of lightening sky we packed up and started promptly at twelve o'clock.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
But soon after noon it stopped snowing and began to lighten up.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
The mass may be simplified and strengthened, or broken up and lightened, by the color of the forms in it.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Difficulties which now seem insurmountable, will gradually disappear; subjects which now seem impenetrable, will soon lighten up.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
The countenance of the prosecutor lightened up.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Suddenly a bright glare of torches lightened up the place, and Antonio felt himself stabbed on the shoulder-blade.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Pretty soon it darkened up, and begun to thunder and lighten; so the birds was right about it.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
His face lightened up.
"The White Shield" by Bertram Mitford
Mtezani's face lightened and he made a move to pick up his weapons.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
When they are brought, the boy's whole countenance lightens up.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
She was glad to see him lighten up, and she exerted herself to that end.
"Victor Ollnee's Discipline" by Hamlin Garland
Time to lighten up, way up.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
So just lighten up and enjoy this.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
And then suddenly the whole sky lightened up.
"Test Pilot" by Jimmy Collins
Nothing will lighten up a corner better than the hardy oriental Poppy, or the solid crimson or scarlet annual Poppies.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
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In poetry:

She stands with Lilith finger tips,
With Lilith hands; and gathers up
The wild wine of all life; and sips
With Lilith-laughter-lightened lips
The soul as from a crystal cup.
"The World’s Desire" by Madison Julius Cawein
No later light has lighten'd up my heaven,
No second morn has ever shone for me;
All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given,
All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee.
"Remembrance" by Emily Jane Bronte
Yea, even she as at first,
Yea, she alone and none other,
Shall cast down, shall build up, shall bring home;
Slake earth's hunger and thirst,
Lighten, and lead as a mother;
First name of the world's names, Rome.
"Dedication To Joseph Mazzini" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Sherman helps RIAA lighten up.
Lighten Up' with new Vail Vitality Center health program.
Lighten up with 'Bushisms,' other quotes of interest.
Features Health & Wellness Lighten UP 4 Life kick-off Saturday.
Lighten up, El Monte.
O, say can you lighten up .
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp lighten up 'Dark Shadows'.
Pastels lighten up women's and men's fashions for spring and summer.
To Macy's at City Creek: ' Lighten Up '.
The parody accounts to lighten up your news stream.
Retailers Urged to Lighten Up .
Lighten Up on Political Correctness.
Readers urge city leaders to lighten up on downtown merchants, tax rate rhetoric, and more.
Lighten up your Super Bowl party.
It's Time to Lighten Up .
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In science:

Finite approximation of step-up procedures As usual, to lighten notation R, ph, L∆ (r), (cid:98)r denote the random quantities R(X ), ph (X ), L∆ (X, r), (cid:98)r(X ).
Testing over a continuum of null hypotheses with False Discovery Rate control
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