What does the word lighten mean?

Usage examples for lighten

  1. God hath, indeed, sent some into the world, whose province it is to refresh the afflicted, and lighten the eyes of the disconsolate. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  2. And the first thing we knows the fog begins to lighten and the sun almost breaks through. – On With Torchy by Sewell Ford
  3. In the winter, I am told, they take the linen down to the river to wash it in the cold water, and though their hands, cut by the ice, are cracked and bleeding, the men, their fellow- servants, will not disgrace their manhood by carrying a tub to lighten their burden. – Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft