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 for lighten
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighten \Light"en\, v. t. [See Light to illuminate.]
     1. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to
        lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the
        streets. [In this sense less common than light.]
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              A key of fire ran all along the shore,
              And lightened all the river with a blaze. --Dryden.
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     2. To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten. [In this sense
        less common than enlighten.]
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              Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray. --Sir
                                                    J. Davies.
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     3. To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out,
        like lightning.
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              His eye . . . lightens forth
              Controlling majesty.                  --Shak.
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     4. To free from trouble and fill with joy.
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              They looked unto him, and were lightened. --Ps.
                                                    xxxiv. 5.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighten \Light"en\ (l[imac]t"'n), v. i. [See Light to alight.]
     To descend; to light.
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           O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us.   --Book of
                                                    Common Prayer
                                                    [Eng. Ed.].
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighten \Light"en\ (l[imac]t"'n), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Lightened (l[imac]t"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lightening.]
     [OE. lightenen. See Light to kindle, illuminate.]
     1. To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or
        like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of
        lightning; to flash.
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              This dreadful night,
              That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
              As doth the lion.                     --Shak.
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     2. To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to
        brighten; to clear, as the sky.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighten \Light"en\, v. t. [See Light not heavy.]
     1. To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to
        relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship
        by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
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     2. To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as,
        to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.
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     3. To cheer; to exhilarate.
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              Lightens my humor with his merry jests. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make more cheerful; "the conversation lightened me up a
           bit" [syn: lighten, lighten up, buoy up] [ant: weigh
           down, weigh on]
      2: reduce the weight on; make lighter; "she lightened the load
         on the tired donkey"
      3: become more cheerful; "after a glass of wine, he lightened up
         a bit" [syn: lighten, lighten up, buoy up]
      4: make lighter or brighter; "The paint will brighten the room"
         [syn: brighten, lighten up, lighten] [ant: darken]
      5: become lighter; "The room lightened up" [syn: lighten,
         lighten up] [ant: darken]
      6: 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" [syn:
         relieve, lighten]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "lighten":
     abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, attemper, attenuate,
     bank the fire, be light, beacon, blunt, break, brighten,
     brighten up, chasten, cheer up, constrain, control, damp, dampen,
     dawn, de-emphasize, deaden, dilute, diminish, disburden,
     disembarrass, disencumber, downplay, dull, ease, enlighten,
     extenuate, flood with light, floodlight, gladden, grow bright,
     grow light, have little weight, highlight, illume, illuminate,
     illumine, irradiate, keep within bounds, kick the beam, lay,
     lenify, lessen, light, light up, luminate, make light,
     make lighter, mitigate, moderate, modulate, mollify, obtund,
     off-load, overshine, palliate, play down, reduce,
     reduce the temperature, reduce weight, relieve, relume, relumine,
     restrain, set at ease, shed light upon, shine, shine upon, slacken,
     slow down, smile, smother, sober, sober down, soften, spotlight,
     stifle, subdue, suppress, tame, temper, thin, throw light upon,
     tone down, tune down, unballast, unburden, underplay, unfreight,
     unlade, unload, weaken, weigh lightly

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