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brighten up (the) day

To make a situation more pleasant or enjoyable; to make one happier. Finding $20 on my way home really brightened up my day! Janice is such a good friend. Talking to her always brightens up the day.
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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

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.
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Carbury's couch, and in the means of conveying her from the bedchamber to the drawing-room, which alleviated the poor lady's sufferings and brightened her gloomy life.
It 's dreadful long," began Tom; but his face brightened, for Polly's interest soothed his injured feelings, and he was glad to prove his elocutionary powers.
A smile, kind and momentary, brightened his attentive face.
They want their skin tone even, they want their skin tone brightened and they want this now.
THE event was called Rays of Sunshine and Alesha Dixon certainly brightened things up in her cute colour-pop crop top and skater skirt.
It gradually brightened over the following 2-3 days and reached magnitude 4.
BRIGHTENED UP: The shop fronts in Albert Road Middlesbrough which show views of Albert Park, above, and Stewart Park, below Pictures by KATIE LUNN
BASKETS of flowers have brightened up a square in Coventry thanks to the hard work of residents.
Many roads in and out of the town have been brightened by displays of spring flowers.
A team from DLA Piper has brightened up the lives of some of Birmingham's most needy youngsters.
Summary: A possible electoral alliance between Congress and regional heavyweight Samajwadi party brightened on Monday after chinks appeared in the relationship between the two last week.
Children from Eccleston Lane Ends planted at the junction of Burrows Lane and St Helens Rd while Bleak Hill pupils brightened up Wokefield Way.
Could the newly brightened Holmes, now fading, get a second wind this January, as it did 114 years ago?
It contains natural, organic ingredients, which brightened my skin but also left it feeling sticky.
Below, trees on Brand are brightened up for night shoppers.