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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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2 : to make or become cheerful <You brightened my day.
But, when the art work goes by -- our mood is brightened on that dock on the Adriatic Sea so far from home.
CHILDREN brightened up their Coventry school with costume dancing as they celebrated Diwali and Bonfire Night.
It went on like silk and my skin was visibly brightened after the first time I used it.
VOLUNTEERS have brightened up the lives of children and young adults in Mirfield.
Welsh Street residents pictured on one side of Kelvin Street which has been brightened up with a display of daffodils Picture: EDDIE BARFORD / eb010407bwelshstreet-1.
After 8 to 10 minutes it was obvious the comet had brightened considerably--it was not difficult to locate anymore
And it's not just in Newcastle that floral displays are lifting the spirits - Felling in Gateshead has also been brightened up.
GLENDALE - The underperforming Maryland Avenue portion of the Glendale Exchange will be brightened by $43,000 in lighting improvements, approved unanimously Tuesday by the Redevelopment Agency.
A skin-firming moisturiser with antioxidants and iridescent mica, we tested Pearl which brightened skin and gave it a soft natural shimmer.
The first sign that the comet might be undergoing some kind of upheaval came in March, when the body suddenly brightened.
The work was undertaken over two days by a team of eight volunteers from the Midland company, who even brightened up a fence surrounding the area by turning it into a jungle montage with brightly-painted animals.
They've really brightened up their play equipment and made it a happier place.