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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

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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According to their theory, stellar brightening can be caused by fragmentation due to gravitational instabilities in massive gaseous disks surrounding young stars, followed by migration of dense gaseous clumps onto the star.
In the evening, the Brightening Serum can be used alone and applied directly onto areas of pigmentation.
The sulfur dioxide gas that powers Io's volcanoes was immediately recognized as the mystery component of Io's atmosphere proposed by Cruikshank to account for Io's post-eclipse brightening.
To add, the brand's education manager, Anna Grape, briefed us on the three new additions to this Brightening Immortelle line (available this March), with tips on how to use them:
The Brightening Facial Masque with Luminous Rice as it is called is a warm gooey mixture which will be applied over the face, eyes included, and left to solidify for a good 20 minA[degrees] utes.
Elysee's LuminAcai Skin Brightening Moisturizer features a combination of age-defying "chaperones" that not only work together to protect the skin against the visible damage caused by hostile conditions, such as extreme cold, dryness, stress and environmental agressors, but also helps to improve skin uniformity and luminosity resulting in a younger-looking skin tone.
Now, girls can avoid all the hassle and wake up with a burst of morning energy while freshening and brightening, energizing or purifying their skin with the new CLEAN & CLEAR(TM) Morning Energy Face Wash range.
Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Serum pounds 38.
It contains the exclusive Bright + ComplexA[R] a" a blend of Vitamin C and other brightening agents to help reduce the appearance of dark circles, spots and discoloration.
PUT some sparkle into your mum's eyes this Mother's Day with a FREE pack of 30 Simple Radiance Brightening Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, worth pounds 3.
I love brightening up an outfit with colourful accessories.
The next product in line, the brightening protective fluid, which has 84.
Regeneration manager Dewi Lloyd said: "The portraits were designed by the artist Tom Goddard as a way of brightening up an otherwise rather dull but important alleyway linking the Swift Square car park to the high street.
Even more puzzling, the comet's recent brightening happened 5 months after the comet was at its closest location to the sun.
Even more puzzling, the brightening took place about 5 months after the comet's closest approach.