Light"en (?), v. i. [See Light to alight.]

To descend; to light.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us. Book of Common Prayer [Eng. Ed.]

 

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Light"en (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lightened (?); 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.

This dreadful night, That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars As doth the lion. Shak.

2.

To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.

 

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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.]

A key of fire ran all along the shore, And lightened all the river with a blaze. Dryden.

2.

To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.

[In this sense less common than enlighten.]

Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray. Sir J. Davies.

3.

To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.

His eye . . . lightens forth Controlling majesty. Shak.

4.

To free from trouble and fill with joy.

They looked unto him, were lightened. Ps. xxxiv. 5.

 

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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.

2.

To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.

3.

To cheer; to exhilarate.

Lighens my humor with his merry jests. Shak.

 

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