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Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

lighten, lightening, lightning

The verb lighten means to reduce weight or increase brightness.

  • Talking about problems and sharing solutions help to lighten the burden of parenting.
  • This software will help you to lighten the colours in a dark photograph.

The noun meaning "an increase in brightness" is lightening (with an e).

  • A noticeable lightening occurred in the eastern sky before sunrise.

The electrical discharge in the sky is lightning (no e).

  • Lightning struck the water tower on Queen Street last night.