whiten

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English whitenen, whitnen, from Old Norse hvítna (to whiten), from Proto-Germanic *hwītnōną (to whiten, become white), from Proto-Indo-European *kwind-, *kwint- (bright), equivalent to white +‎ -en. Cognate with Icelandic hvítna (to whiten), Swedish vitna, hvitna (to whiten), Danish hvidne (to whiten). Compare Old English hwītian (to whiten, become white, be white, make white).

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Verb[edit]

whiten (third-person singular simple present whitens, present participle whitening, simple past and past participle whitened)

  1. (transitive) To make white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.
  2. (intransitive) To become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.
    His hair had whitened with age.
    The trees in spring whiten with blossoms.

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