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lighten

verb allay, alleviate, assuage, cut down, disburden, disencumber, ease, ease up, have less weight, lessen, lessen the load, lessen the weight of, make less burdensome, make lighter, mitigate, reduce, reduce the load of, reduce weight of, relieve, remove, temper, unload
See also: abate, allay, alleviate, attenuate, commute, diminish, ease, extenuate, facilitate, lessen, mitigate, moderate, modify, relieve
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In order to set the Prince of the Air's mind at rest she began by being very gracious to him, so that when she begged that her captivity might be a little lightened she should not be refused.
Scarcely had he alighted than the guy ropes were simultaneous released, and the great warship, lightened by the removal of the loot, soared majestically into the air, her decks and upper works a mass of roaring flames.
I felt lightened of the load which had oppressed me, and was able to return with some degree of calmness to my accustomed work.
I stood staring into the pit, and my heart lightened glori- ously, even as the rising sun struck the world to fire about me with his rays.
An expression of unspeakable joy lightened the countenance of Milady; but this expression was fleeting as the reflection of lightning.
But the instant that YOU came into my life, you lightened the dark places in it, you lightened both my heart and my soul.
While she dwelt in the king's palace, Mother Ceres had been so continually occupied with taking care of the young prince, that her heart was a little lightened of its grief for Proserpina.
Thus lightened of all superfluous encumbrance, he set off on the 20th of November to rejoin his Indian allies.
The exercise and the occupation of finding the stile were a stimulus to her, however, and lightened the horror of the darkness and solitude.
We, finally, lightened the box by removing two thirds of its contents, when we were enabled, with some trouble, to raise it from the hole.
The old coachman, who had been waiting about with his own horse, now joining them, Fanny was lifted on hers, and they set off across another part of the park; her feelings of discomfort not lightened by seeing, as she looked back, that the others were walking down the hill together to the village; nor did her attendant do her much good by his comments on Miss Crawford's great cleverness as a horse-woman, which he had been watching with an interest almost equal to her own.
It was seven o'clock in the morning, the first rays of day lightened the pools of the marsh, in which the sun was reflected like a red ball, when Athos, awaking and opening the window of his bed-chamber, which looked out upon the banks of the river, perceived, at fifteen paces' distance from him, the sergeant and the men who had accompanied him the evening before, and who, after having deposited the casks at his house, had returned to the camp by the causeway on the right.