From Middle English whitenen, whitnen, from Old Norse hvítna (“to whiten”), from Proto-Germanic *hwītnōną (“to whiten, become white”), from Proto-Indo-European *kwind-, *kwint- (“bright”), equivalent to white + -en. Cognate with Icelandic hvítna (“to whiten”), Swedish vitna, hvitna (“to whiten”), Danish hvidne (“to whiten”). Compare Old English hwītian (“to whiten, become white, be white, make white”).
whiten (third-person singular simple present whitens, present participle whitening, simple past and past participle whitened)
- (ergative) (To cause) to become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch.
- Age had whitened his hair.
- The trees in spring whiten with blossoms.
to make white or whiter; to bleach or blanch
to become white or whiter; to bleach or blanch
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