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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

1. To add color, light, and/or cheer to a space (perhaps one that is dim, dark, or gloomy). I can't wait for the flowers I planted to blossom into beautiful colors and brighten up our yard. A new paint color really brightened up that old house.
2. To make something lighter in color. I'm thinking of brightening up my hair with some blonde highlights. It really looks like rain right now—I'd wait to go out until the sky brightens up a bit.
3. To become happier in mood, especially after one has been glum or sad. Your mother really brightened up when she got the flowers you sent.
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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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Once again, matching the room's decor really can brighten up the overall look.
Charlie Rooney, pictured inset, the council's executive councillor for regeneration and economic development, said: "These projects are new and creative ways to brighten up empty shops in Middlesbrough with a view to bringing them back in to use.
That leaves Brighten the Corners, their penultimate record and the one with the least distinct identity.
I walk just by one in the mornings, so it actually brightens up my day.
The 24-year-old Arnold signs autographs, presents patients with souvenirs provided by the Toronto Blue Jays and DAV, and helps brighten the day for sick and disabled veterans.
Fresh flowers are a simple and easy way to brighten up any room - whether it's a bouquet in a vase, or a simple plant such as a hyacinth.
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Newmark also supplies wreaths and decorations every year to brighten the atmosphere at the American Cancer Society facility at 520 Eighth Ave.
The Equitance product line has been shown to brighten even the most challenging dark spots that I see in clinical practice.
Derived from the meristematic stem cells of licorice, this easy-to-use, oil-soluble skin care active helps brighten skin, according to Lonza.
Brightening a dull complexion TO make skin more luminous, deep-cleanse your face using a cleansing oil like Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Collection Skin Renew Cleansing Oil, PS10.
com BRIGHTER Brighten mum's day with Bobbi Brown's sheer and silky Brightening Finishing Powder.
And Brighten, Sparkle and Glow, her new collection, is designed to "lift and visibly brighten the face", with sheer skin perfectors to light reflecting colours and the return of five of her most flattering Sparkle Eye Shadow Shades.
Cleansing morning and night with new Brighten & Lighten Facial Cleanser deep cleans the skin and helps remove dead cells with its lactic acid and corn meal ingredients.
Kelly Lewis, of Whitefriars Housing, said: "The baskets really brighten up the square.