to become or make bright or brighter.
Contemporary Examples

Who Did Nancy Pelosi’s New Face? Sandra McElwaine March 25, 2009
When Paris was New David Frum January 27, 2013
Prince Harry Parties TOPLESS Tom Sykes July 27, 2014
Job Market’s Tough ‘New Normal’: Some Careers Aren’t Coming Back Zachary Karabell March 1, 2012

Historical Examples

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (Volumes I and II) Songling Pu
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
Joe Wilson and His Mates Henry Lawson
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes Israel Zangwill
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola

to make or become bright or brighter
to make or become cheerful


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