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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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Discoloration of plastics may be altered by adding small amount (normally 5-100 ppm) of an optical brightener (also called a fluorescent whitening agent).
The success of this technique in other applications will depend on the sensitivity of the test-insects to the brightener used and the ability to mix the diet and the brightener in a homogenous manner.
The detection of the optical brightener may mean that the waste water is not being effectively treated (Fay et al.
There has been concern that bleaching and other agents in commercial deck washes and brighteners could aggressively leach chromated copper arsenate (CCA) components from treated wood.
3, now supports the i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer offering a number of unique color management capabilities and improvements such as optimizing profiles, creating profiles with ambient light measurements, compensating for optical brighteners in papers, white point editing and improved workflows.
Potential licensees in the consumer electronics accessories industry are currently being targeted as candidates to eventually commercialize the Screen Brightener on a worldwide basis.
Trilexon[R] Skin Brightener is specifically designed to make skin look younger by helping to erase skin impurities, and works on all skin types.
Winners in markets covered by HAPPI included Herbfarmacy Ltd, Nail & Cuticle Oil (best organic beauty product); Natura Siberica, Baby Bath Foam for Newborns (best organic mother and baby product); and Pukka Herbs Nourishing Brightener (best innovation in organic cosmetics and best new natural beauty and spa product)
If you have yet to try a brightener then choose a budget product and experiment with it.
Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask (pounds 45) aims to be a gentle brightener.
Acid copper additives contain at least one material described as a brightener and a second material that is described as a high molecular weight polymeric compound.
My favourite bit comes from Sir Bernard Ingham, who was Margaret Thatcher's press secretary, reflecting on Sir Denis's drinking vocabulary: ``An opener, a brightener, a lifter, a tincture, a large gin and tonic without the tonic, a snifter, a snort, a snorter.
By adding an optical brightener called stilbene disulfonic acid to Gypchek, they have reduced the dose needed by 40 percent, Webb says.
Newburyport, MA, announced a voluntary recall of Cabot's Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener in containers with a spray pump.