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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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Bakoli, March 6 (ANI): Solar energy brightens up the lives of the villagers in a nondescript village in Uttar Pradesh state.
I walk just by one in the mornings, so it actually brightens up my day.
Ruth Staff, from Groundwork Coventry, said: "The idea is to clean up and brighten up the area and give it an uplift.
Although Comet Hyakutake may dim as it dives south and moves away from Earth, astronomers expect the icy body to brighten again by May 1 as it ventures within 32 million km of the sun.
The wall also has a door to a guest room, and a high interior window that brightens a bathroom while assuring privacy.
But ask Wood about his experience and his expressive face brightens.
During this long period of evolution, known as the main sequence, it slowly but steadily brightens.
And with new Fujifilm technology that automatically brightens the LCD in well-lit environments, glare is less of a problem.
We can create a movie of how a star brightens with time," explains Welsh.
However, they do agree that the sun is not the constant, predictable beacon it was once thought to be, but is in fact a temperamental ball of burning gases that dims and brightens like an old light bulb.
The new findings rely on the phenomenon of gravitational lensing, in which a massive foreground object bends and brightens light from an object that lies behind it.
Nothing brightens our holiday spirits like a home dressed up for the holidays.