brighten up (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb brighten up (2).

Meaning: to become happier and feel more cheerful

Synonym: cheer up

For example:

  • brighten up Makiko was feeling homesick, but she brightened up when she got a call from her brother.

  • brighten sb up Whenever she feels a bit down, Paris goes to see a funny movie and it always brightens her up.

Quick Quiz:

Which of the following parties would brighten most people up?

a. a funeral party

b. a birthday party

c. a political party

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