brighten

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brighten(
brayd
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ihn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make bright)
a. iluminar
Why don't we open the curtains to brighten the room a bit?¿Por qué no abrimos las cortinas para iluminar el cuarto un poco?
b. dar brillo a
Would you brighten the screen? I can't see it very well.¿Le darías brillo a la pantalla? No la veo muy bien.
2. (to make more cheerful)
a. alegrar
I brought you a blueberry pie just to brighten your day.Te traje una tarta de arándano tan solo para alegrarte el día.
b. levantar
When I've had a bad day, seeing you brightens my spirits.Cuando he tenido mal día, verte a ti me levanta el ánimo.
c. mejorar (situation)
Though the team still has a losing record, the last two victories have brightened the mood.A pesar de que el equipo aún tenga más pérdidas, las últimas dos victorias han mejorado su situación.
d. animar
The music was the perfect touch to brighten the occasion.La música fue el toque perfecto para animar la ocasión.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to improve)
a. mejorar
If the company's prospects don't brighten soon, they'll have to go out of business.Si no mejoran pronto las perspectivas de la compañía, tendrán que quebrar.
4. (to become happy)
a. animarse
People's spirits often brighten in the springtime.Las personas frecuentemente se animan en la primavera.
b. alegrarse
Darryl brightened the moment when he saw Helen walk into the room.Darryl se alegró el momento que vio a Helen entrar al cuarto.
c. iluminarse (face, eyes)
Their daughter's eyes brightened when she saw the ice cream cone.Se le iluminaron los ojos a su hija cuando vio el cucurucho de helado.
5. (to become bright)
a. aclararse (day)
It was cold and foggy in the morning, but then the day brightened in the afternoon.Hacía frío y niebla por la mañana, pero entonces el día se aclaró por la tarde.
b. despejarse (weather)
If the weather doesn't brighten soon, we'll have to cancel the concert.Si no se despoja pronto el tiempo, tendremos que suspender el concierto.
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brighten
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (room)
a. alegrar, avivar
2. (mood)
a. alegrar, animar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (weather, sky)
a. aclararse
4. (face, eyes, mood)
a. alegrarse, animarse
5. (prospects)
a. mejorar
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brighten [ˈbraɪtn]
brighten up
transitive verb
1 (make lighter) [+room] dar más luz a; iluminar más; (TV) [+picture] dar brillo a
2 (make more cheerful) [+room] alegrar; [+situation] mejorar
intransitive verb
1 [+person] animarse; alegrarse; [+eyes] iluminarse; brillar
2 [+weather] despejarse; [+prospects] mejorar
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