brighten etymology

English word brighten comes from English -en, English bright

Detailed word origin of brighten

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-en English (eng) (dialectal, or, non-standard, rare) Used to form the plural of nouns. Can be used to denote the plural form of a small number of English words, the majority of whose etymology goes back to the n-stem (i.e. weak noun) declension of Germanic languages. Used to form the diminutives of certain nouns. When attached to certain adjectives, it forms a transitive verb whose meaning is, to make [...]
bright English (eng) (US, in the plural) The high-beam intensity of motor vehicle headlamps.. (neologism) A person with a naturalistic worldview with no supernatural or mystical elements.. (obsolete) splendour; brightness. An artist's brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head. (archaic) Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; [...]
brighten English (eng) (intransitive) To become brighter or more cheerful in mood. (intransitive) To grow bright, or more bright in color; to clear up. (transitive) To make bright or brighter in color.. (transitive) To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to. (transitive, figuratively) To make more cheerful and pleasant; to enliven. To make acute or witty; to enliven.

Words with the same origin as brighten

Descendants of -en
awaken beaten brethren chicken freshen golden lighten loosen straighten strengthen tighten weaken wooden