Lighten vs Lightening - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between lighten and lightening
is that lighten
is to alleviate; to reduce the burden of while lightening
As a noun lightening is
(medicine) the sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.
To make light or lighter in weight.
To make less serious or more cheerful.
* Bible, Psalms xxxiv. 5
To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.
- They looked unto him, were lightened .
- to lighten''' an apartment with lamps or gas; to '''lighten the streets
To become light or lighter in weight.
To become less serious or more cheerful.
To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.
To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to flash.
- A key of fire ran all along the shore, / And lightened all the river with a blaze.
To emit or disclose in, or as if in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.
- This dreadful night, / That thunders, lightens , opens graves, and roars / As doth the lion.
To descend; to light.
* Book of Common Prayer
- His eye lightens forth / Controlling majesty.
To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.
* Sir J. Davies
- O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us.
- Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray.
* lighten up
(medicine) The sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour
(nautical) The removal of cargo (especially crude oil) from a vessel in order to reduce its draft