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1 make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room" [syn: lighten up, lighten] [ant: darken]
2 become clear; "The sky cleared after the storm" [syn: clear up, clear, light up] [ant: overcast]
3 become brighter; "The sky brightened around noon"; "Her face brightened when she heard the good news" [ant: darken]
4 become brighter; "The sky brightened" [syn: lighten] [ant: darken]

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  1. To make bright or brighter; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
    The sun starts to brighten around this time of the year.
  2. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to.
  3. To make more cheerful and pleasant; to improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon.
    Having Mark around the place really brightens things up.
  4. To make acute or witty; to enliven.
  5. To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful.

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Brighten are an indie rock band from Chico, California, consisting of Justin Richards (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Draper (bass, backing vocals), and Jimmy Richards (drums, percussion). The band has recently been on tour with This Providence, Cute Is What We Aim For, Eisley, and All Time Low. In 2007, their debut album, King vs. Queen, was released on Carbon Copy Media, without the band's full knowledge.


Although the band has been playing together for nine years, they only formed a band in 2004. In high school, Brighten went by the name Sincerely Me, though after high school, due to minor conflict, they changed their name to Brighten.
They independently released their debut EP, Ready When You Are, on November 9, 2005. The EP was extremely well-received by critics, and has since sold out.
In 2006, Victory Records sued Carbon Copy Media, and in the resulting turn of events Brighten's debut album, King vs. Queen, could not be released. After selling a 9-track version independently at their concerts, Brighten discovered in March 2007 that the album had in fact been released.
In June 2007, Brighten began a tour with Hawthorne Heights.
Brighten has played concerts with many bands such as; From First to Last, Taking Back Sunday, Number One Gun, The Junior Varsity, Lydia, Waking Ashland, and This Holiday Life.


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brighten in Swedish: Brighten

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

animate, beacon, boost, break, brighten up, buoy up, burnish, cheer, cheer up, dawn, encourage, enlighten, enliven, exhilarate, flood with light, floodlight, gild, gild the lily, give a lift, gladden, grow bright, grow light, hearten, highlight, illume, illuminate, illumine, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, irradiate, light, light up, lighten, liven, luminate, overshine, perk up, pick up, polish, rejoice, rejoice the heart, relume, relumine, shed light upon, shine, shine upon, spotlight, sweeten, throw light upon, vitalize
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