to look on the bright side
Bright Bright, a. [OE. briht, AS. beorht, briht; akin to OS. berht, OHG. beraht, Icel. bjartr, Goth. ba['i]rhts. [root]94.] 1. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark. [1913 Webster]

The sun was bright o'erhead. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright. --Drake. [1913 Webster]

The public places were as bright as at noonday. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Transmitting light; clear; transparent. [1913 Webster]

From the brightest wines He 'd turn abhorrent. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

3. Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, bright beauty. [1913 Webster]

Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky. --Parnell. [1913 Webster]

4. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent. [1913 Webster]

5. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery. [1913 Webster]

Be bright and jovial among your guests. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Illustrious; glorious. [1913 Webster]

In the brightest annals of a female reign. --Cotton. [1913 Webster]

7. Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain. [1913 Webster]

That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

8. Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance. [1913 Webster]

Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Note: Bright is used in composition in the sense of brilliant, clear, sunny, etc.; as, bright-eyed, bright-haired, bright-hued. [1913 Webster]

{bright side} the positive or favorable aspects of a situation.

{to look on the bright side} to focus the attention on favorable aspects of a situation; to minimize attention to possible negative or unfavorable factors in a situation. [PJC]

Syn: Shining; splending; luminous; lustrous; brilliant; resplendent; effulgent; refulgent; radiant; sparkling; glittering; lucid; beamy; clear; transparent; illustrious; witty; clear; vivacious; sunny. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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