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lighten up

1. To brighten something in color. I think some new highlights will lighten up your hair and really refresh your look.
2. To act less seriously or sternly. In this usage, "lighten up" is a set phrase. A: "I think he definitely needs to be grounded." B: "Oh, lighten up—it's not like you never made stupid mistakes as a kid."
3. To cause someone or something to become less serious or stern. It's a funeral—nothing you do will lighten up the mood.
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lighten something up

to make something lighter or brighter. Some white paint will lighten this room up a lot. The sunlight came in and lightened up the kitchen.
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lighten up (on someone or something)

to be less rough and demanding or rude with someone or something. Please lighten up on her. You are being very cruel. You are too harsh. Lighten up.
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lighten up

to become lighter or brighter. (See also lighten up (on someone or something).) We applied a new coat of white paint to the walls, and the room lightened up considerably. The sky is beginning to lighten up a little.
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lighten up

Become or cause to become less serious or gloomy, and more cheerful. For example, Lighten up, Sam-it'll turn out all right. This slangy expression transfers reducing a physical weight to a change of mood or attitude.
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lighten up

v.
1. To make something appear lighter in shade: The artist lightened up the paint by mixing in some white. Those mirrors really lighten the room up.
2. To become lighter in shade: These pants are too dark now, but they will lighten up after they've been washed a lot.
3. To make something more pleasant and less serious or depressing: The jokes lightened up the tone of the meeting. I didn't mean to be disrespectful—I was just trying to lighten things up.
4. To take matters less seriously: Everything will work out fine, so stop worrying and lighten up.
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The 34-year-old says Lighten Up works because it shows people how to live like someone who is already healthy and slim.
Lighten Up is incorporated in Nevada and its executive offices are located at 4423 South 1800 West, Roy, Utah 84067.
No matter how lightly we pack our bags, unless we also lighten up this mind baggage we will drag along a burden that can drain our energy, dull our senses, and cut us off from others and from ourselves.
Martin, her tennis shoe-clad feet swinging from the salon chair under the dryer, waited for the blond streaks to lighten up her naturally red hair.
Iyengar-style Yoga Classes with Adam Laufer in Asheville, NC at Lighten Up Yoga Center, 60 Biltmore Ave.
Meanwhile, her unsympathetic parents sat horrified, as did I, thinking that it was certainly going to lighten up.
First, the newspapers there ought to lighten up because Henman is the best thing to happen to English tennis in decades.