lighten up

  1. make more cheerful
    the conversation lightened me up a bit
  2. become lighter
    The room lightened up
  3. make more cheerful through the use of color
    The paint will brighten the room
  4. become more cheerful
    after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit
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How To Use lighten up In A Sentence

  • Oh, lighten up! I was only joking!
  • When someone was talking about something deep or intense he would joke around to lighten up the mood.
  • The wonderful thing about football is that you can always find something to lighten up your day - even when you've got no leg room, a restricted view and are watching a rubbish game at Oldham.
  • Blue plants generally lighten up the planting, giving it a fresh, airy feel. Times, Sunday Times
  • Let her hair down and lighten up. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hey, lighten up! It's only a game, you know!
  • In that month and into October, this plant from the Orient will lighten up a partly shaded area of my rock garden, its graceful stems cascading over a rock.
  • I thought I'd slip in a few jokes to lighten up the talk.
  • All too often I hear that people ‘just need to lighten up’ or ‘if it offends them, they shouldn't read it.’
  • He smiles as if he's cracked some joke in order to lighten up the mood.
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