Dictionary Results for lightening

1. lightening - noun

· descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped

Hypernym(s): descent

2. lightening - noun

· changing to a lighter color

Synonym(s): whitening

Hypernym(s): change_of_color

3. lighten - verb

· make more cheerful; "the conversation lightened me up a bit"

Synonym(s): lighten_up, buoy_up

Hypernym(s): cheer

Antonym(s): weigh_down

4. lighten - verb

· reduce the weight on; make lighter; "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"

Hypernym(s): unburden, disburden

5. lighten - verb

· become more cheerful; "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"

Synonym(s): lighten_up, buoy_up

Hypernym(s): cheer, cheer_up, chirk_up

6. lighten - verb

· make more cheerful through the use of color; "The paint will brighten the room"

Synonym(s): brighten, lighten_up

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify

7. lighten - verb

· become lighter; "The room lightened up"

Synonym(s): lighten_up

Hypernym(s): change

Antonym(s): darken

8. lighten - verb

· alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive; "relieve the pressure and the stress"; "lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents"

Synonym(s): relieve

Hypernym(s): mitigate

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