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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 fact, one of them offered her a gourd of milk--a filthy, smoke-begrimed gourd, with the ancient rind of long-curdled milk caked in layers within its neck; but the spirit of the giver touched her deeply, and her face lightened for a moment with one of those almost forgotten smiles of radiance that had helped to make her beauty famous both in Baltimore and London.
If I have ever had a burden on my heart, it has been lightened for me.
Kojiesan has become a hit because it also lightens dark armpits, knees, elbows and the groin.
It also lightens skin by blocking melanin production.
Hydroquinone lightens skin by inhibiting melanin production.
The citrus-infused product permanently lightens the colour of your hair and offers four different looks in one bottle.
`But,' our Charles warns, `the UV that lightens hair breaks down its protein structure, so it becomes dehydrated.
A centuries old practice, skin lightening is the use of injections, topical ointments, creams, lotions, gels, soaps, oral formulations, and household chemicals to de-pigment or lighten skin complexion, produce an even skin tone, and remove blemishes, freckles, or scars (de Souza 2008: 28; Jablonski 2012; Street, Gaska, Lewis, and Wilson 2014: 53).