lighten up
intransitive verb Date: 1946 to take things less seriously

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lighten up — verb 1. make lighter or brighter The paint will brighten the room • Syn: ↑brighten, ↑lighten • Ant: ↑darken (for: ↑brighten) • Hypern …   Useful english dictionary

  • lighten up — phrasal verb Word forms lighten up : present tense I/you/we/they lighten up he/she/it lightens up present participle lightening up past tense lightened up past participle lightened up 1) [intransitive/transitive] same as lighten 1) What can we do …   English dictionary

  • lighten up — PHRASAL VERB If someone tells you to lighten up, they think you should be less serious and make an effort to be more relaxed and happy. [V P] Come on, this is a party. Lighten up …   English dictionary

  • lighten up — to be less serious about something. People are usually relieved when they re given a chance to lighten up. Usage notes: often used as an order: When she complained that these people were being treated badly, he told her, “Lighten up.” Related… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lighten up — vb to relax or take things less seriously, calm down and/or cheer up. This expression moved from US parlance into the rest of the English speaking world in the early 1980s. ► Lighten up will ya do you have to take the fun out of everything?… …   Contemporary slang

  • lighten up — verb To become less serious and more cheerful or casual; to relax. I wish hed lighten up a bit and realize that we were only joking …   Wiktionary

  • lighten up — relax, do not be so serious    Lighten up, Charles. Try to see the humor in life …   English idioms

  • lighten up — relax, take things easy, calm down; cheer up …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lighten up — Selling some part of a stock or bond position in a portfolio to realize capital gains or to losses or increase cash assets. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary …   Financial and business terms

  • lighten up (on someone or something) — n. to reduce the pressure (on someone or something); to calm down (about someone or something). □ Cool it, man. Lighten up! We all gotta get along here. □ Lighten up on the guy. He only stepped on your toe …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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