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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

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.
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Scores of Santas brightened up the High Streets and a snowman was spotted chilling in MANCHESTER city centre while a bearded cross-dressing elf showed off his striking tribal tattoo in BIRMINGHAM.
Saucier than the start of any James Bond movie where silhouetted pin-ups pranced around on the barrel of a giant Luger, it brightened up many an otherwise grim, childhood Sunday spent wishing that, come the following morning, we'd wake to find our school had been destroyed by a falling plane engine or asteroid.
BASKETS of flowers have brightened up a square in Coventry thanks to the hard work of residents.
Below, trees on Brand are brightened up for night shoppers.
In December, Arnold brightened up the day for Navy veteran Richard Rackley, who was about to have part of this leg amputated.
Residents have organised garden competitions, brightened up their streets with hanging baskets and tubs of flowers and have joined with the council in tackling issues of local concern.
And the sassy Sugababes brightened up the stage with Overload, Freak Like Me and current single Round Round.
But they're little comfort in a show that once brightened up everyone's Sunday nights but now does little more than to make you wish you'd stayed in the pub instead.
It brightened up everyone's day and I was happy to let children and some grown-ups clamber all over it.
They've really brightened up their play equipment and made it a happier place.