Use the adjective "bright" to describe a situation in which there is a lot of light:
- It’s a very bright day. He needs his sunglasses.
- My office is bright during the day.
- We painted our kitchen bright yellow.
- If the lights are too bright, you can turn them down.
You can also use the word "bright" to describe a person who is intelligent:
- Jacque is a bright young man. He’s always thinking up new ideas.
- The students in our class came up with some bright ideas on how to address global warming.
- The people at that company are very bright. They have invented many new products.
- You have a bright future ahead of you. (A "bright future" is a good future. We use this expression when describing talented young people.)
The word "bright" is also used with sarcasm. The opposite meaning of "bright" is intended in these examples:
- That was bright. (That wasn’t smart.)
- What a bright idea. (That was a bad idea.)
- Do you have any more bright ideas? (Your idea failed.)
The word "brighten" is a verb. To brighten something is to make the quality of the color lighter or bring more light into an area:
- The sun coming through the windows brightens the whole room.
- You can brighten your teeth with whitening strips.
- A little bleach will help brighten white shirts.
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This page was first published on June 15, 2012. It was updated on February 13, 2016.