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lighten

US [ˈlaɪt(ə)n]
UK ['laɪt(ə)n]
  • v.减轻;减轻重量;变成淡色;(使)感到不那么悲伤(或担忧、严肃)
  • Web变亮;照亮;变亮模式
Simple Present:lightens  Present Participle:lightening  Past Tense:lightened  
lighten
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v.
1.
[t]
~ sth
减轻,减少(工作量、债务、担忧等)to reduce the amount of work, debt, worry, etc. that sb has
equipment to lighten the load of domestic work
减轻家务负担的设备
The measures will lighten the tax burden on small businesses.
这些措施将减轻小型企业的纳税负担。
2.
[i][t]
(使)变明亮,变成淡色to become or make sth become brighter or lighter in colour
The sky began to lighten in the east.
东方开始透亮了。
Use bleach to lighten the wood.
用漂白剂把木材颜色漂浅。
3.
[i][t]
(使)感到不那么悲伤(或担忧、严肃);缓和to feel or make sb feel less sad, worried or serious
My mood gradually lightened.
我的心情渐渐好起来。
She told a joke to lighten the atmosphere.
她讲了个笑话以缓和气氛。
4.
[t]
~ sth
减轻重量to make sth lighter in weight

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