brighten up

brighten up

to become brighter; to lighten, especially with sunshine. The sky is brightening up a little. When the morning sky brightens up just a little, the birds begin to sing.
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brighten up

v.
1. To become brighter or more intense in color: The sky brightened up quickly as the clouds dispersed.
2. To make something brighter or more intense in color: Some red paint will brighten up this dreary room. Put some yellow into the dye to brighten it up.
3. To become happier; improve one's mood or outlook: He brightened up after you began talking with him.
4. To make someone happier or more cheerful: The sunny weather brightened up the tired travelers. A cool glass of lemonade would brighten me up right now.
See also: brighten, up
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Communications officer Paul Whiteside said: "We want to brighten up the busy roads in Coventry, improve the area and make the city a beautiful place for tourists as well as local shoppers.
HOSPITAL volunteers have donated pounds 2,000 for art work to brighten up corridors and waiting areas for patients.
Ruth Staff, from Groundwork Coventry, said: "The idea is to clean up and brighten up the area and give it an uplift.
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl has repaid the kindness shown to her at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital by raising money to brighten up the children's ward where she was treated.
In Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields, this council plant box which was waiting for flowers and plants to brighten up the city - was used as an emergency rubbish bin.
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MEN from a Coventry hostel put their talents to good use to help brighten up a city alleyway.
Six volunteering groups will join forces for the day on June 3 to brighten up St Chad's Church hall, Wood End, into an area for local use.
Unable to find employment at a deli counter (his refusal to smile when told to brighten up costs him the job), he sinks into a despondent rage.
Brighten up breakfast with the lime green AT250 two slice electronic toaster, pounds 20.
Bluefly also offers a lovely selection of gifts to brighten up anyone's home or office.
Asked which profession would offer a conversation most likely to brighten up the day, one in four named their local bar staff.
People living in the East Shields area of South Tyneside will be first in line to hear how the new Light It scheme will start to brighten up the borough.
Keep in mind that great things come in small packages, and this year SanDisk(R) Corporation has plenty of electronic delights to brighten up the gift-giving season.
WARM-HEARTED workers at a Coventry company helped brighten up a wet weekend when they hosted a family fun day in the city.