In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(make less heavy)(load/workload) aligerar(suitcase) quitarle peso a(suitcase) aligerar (de peso)(debt) reducir(responsibility/conscience) descargarto lighten the tone of a speech — darle un tono menos grave a un discurso
- beat the mixture well to lighten it — bata bien la mezcla para que quede esponjosa
- When they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.
- A regular exercise program will lighten your load as well as strengthen your back.
- We hope this will speed up response time, enhance community feeling, and lighten our workload.
- As a kid it was a trick to add some ginger ale to lighten up the flavour.
- To make matters worse, Ellen wasn't lightening the homework load one bit.
- We may seek to lighten the burden of all parents once they become parents.
- The menu has been conceived along American or lightened Continental lines, and despite an occasional, surprising flaw, the food is generally well prepared.
2literary(cares) aliviar(heart) alegrar
- Once he was gone, I felt the atmosphere lighten up and Coach nodded in satisfaction and left too.
- As it turned out we had been booked as comic relief to try and lighten up the turgidly dull atmosphere in studio 1.
- He had all but forgotten what a smile was until he saw Maria give him one of hers, how it seemed to lighten up her face and spirit.
- I told him and his face lightened up a bit.
- His expression lightened for a millisecond before it dropped back into the deepening gloom.
- Sometimes a laugh is OK, though, so lighten up, and enjoy the joke!
- As usual, there was a large group of rowdy sailors surrounding the table, which actually helped to lighten up the heavy atmosphere.
- He smiles as if he's cracked some joke in order to lighten up the mood.
- I guess they were trying to lighten up the atmosphere… or something like that.
- All too often I hear that people ‘just need to lighten up’ or ‘if it offends them, they shouldn't read it.’
- Now, he smiled when he saw her eyes lighten up a bit and her head raise.
- The drapes were opened to allow the late afternoon sunshine in and lighten the atmosphere.
- It ought to cause even the sour of spirit (guilty as charged) to lighten up.
- His mood was lightening up, the adrenaline from battle beginning to dissipate to a level he could control.
- But Dad, he seriously needs to lighten up, maybe get a girlfriend or something.
- Was Tom right to take the matter so seriously, or should he lighten up a little?
- But when you know that I'm here, your mood lightens up.
- Even in serious times like these, they had the strength to joke around and lighten up the air a bit.
- When someone was talking about something deep or intense he would joke around to lighten up the mood.
- Is this normal, or should I ask her to lighten up?
1(become less heavy)(load/weight) hacerse más ligero(weight/load) hacerse más liviano Latin America(weight/load) aligerarse
1(make brighter)(room) dar más luz a(sky) iluminar
- Apparently, when she saw the pictures of herself standing next to Liz, she was so dismayed by her own appearance she lightened her hair, went on a crash diet and started wearing elevator lifts in her shoes.
- He inhaled with short, deep breathes, and the pigmentation of his skin lightened up to its previous color.
- The sky was beginning to lighten in the east, which meant they were running out of time.
- It can be difficult to lighten dark hair with lemon juice, as it tends to leave orange streaks in hair.
- The darkness began to lighten into a pale yellow, getting brighter as the seconds passed.
- The sky was beginning to lighten, and he felt a tingling on his skin, but there was plenty of time for what was to unfold.
- Carol has indulged her love of chandeliers; walls have been lightened and brightened; and the Pressdees have exposed a super spiral staircase at the back of the tearoom.
- Lazily, Bren watched slumped backward into the cool, itching grass, hands entwined behind once bright hair that had been lightened by long hours under a summer sun.
- The sky began to lighten, though it was still dark.
- The bleaches lighten and brighten the wood and remove mildew stains.
- I could watch the last star fade as the sky lightened and birds began to chatter amongst themselves about the coming day.
- As she played, she watched the yard lighten up gradually.
- These techniques lighten and brighten the living space, and can also focus the eye toward a spectacular view down a fairway or across a lake.
- In this case, even with the gamma correction set, the picture is still a bit dark, so I turned off the gamma correction and set the contrast and brightness in order to lighten it up.
- The sky began to lighten and my hiding place was no longer quite as subtle, so I moved to behind a bush in the same yard.
- Soon enough the sky began to lighten, the dawn chorus started up, and a heavy dew began to form.
- As the sky began to lighten in the east, humans and lizards moved quickly through the trees, wearing earthen colors and staying as low as possible to the ground.
- Try lightening your hair to within just two to three shades of your natural hair colour so roots are less visible.
- The teal stripe beneath each eye lightened to his skin color briefly before returning to their regular shade.
- The sky was gradually lightening and the peaceful suburb was beginning to stir.
- The sky was lightening to a sort of violet blue; dawn was near.
2(make paler)(color/hair) aclarar
1(become brighter)(sky) despejarse(face) iluminarse(atmosphere) relajarse
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