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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bright·en /ˈbraɪtṇ/
 (vt.)照亮,使明亮,為…增添光輝,使生輝,使活躍

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bright·en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brightened p. pr. & vb. n. Brightening.]
 Note: [From Bright, a.]
 1. To make bright or brighter; to make to shine; to increase the luster of; to give a brighter hue to.
 2. To make illustrious, or more distinguished; to add luster or splendor to.
    The present queen would brighten her character, if she would exert her authority to instill virtues into her people.   --Swift.
 3. To improve or relieve by dispelling gloom or removing that which obscures and darkens; to shed light upon; to make cheerful; as, to brighten one's prospects.
 An ecstasy, which mothers only feel,
 Plays round my heart and brightens all my sorrow.   --Philips.
 4. To make acute or witty; to enliven.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bright·en, v. i.  To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful.
    And night shall brighten into day.   --N. Cotton.
 And, all his prospects brightening to the last,
 His heaven commences ere world be past.   --Goldsmith.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 brighten
      v 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]