English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , whitenen , from whitnen Old Norse hvítna ( “ to whiten ” ), from Proto-Germanic *hwītnōną ( “ to whiten, become white ” ), from Proto-Indo-European , *kwind- *kwint- ( “ bright ” ), equivalent to + white . Cognate with -en 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 ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
whiten ( third-person singular simple present , whitens present participle , whitening simple past and past participle )
( ergative ) (To cause) to become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.
Age had whitened his hair. The trees in spring whiten with blossoms.
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
to make white or whiter; to bleach or blanch
to become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch
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