em- + bright + -en, prebilabial intensifying verbal circumfix.
embrighten (third-person singular simple present embrightens, present participle embrightening, simple past and past participle embrightened)
- (rare, chiefly literary) Brighten; vivify.
Last modified on 4 February 2012, at 22:50
- ^ The Oxford English Dictionary (2007) states that embrighten was formed by the simultaneous prefixing of en- and suffixing of -en, which, by definition, constitutes circumfixation.