whit|en «HWY tuhn», transitive verb.
to make white or whiter: »

Sunshine helps to whiten clothes.

to become white or whiter: »

She whitened when she heard the bad news.

whit´en|er, noun.
Synonym Study transitive verb, intransitive verb. Whiten, bleach, blanch mean to make or become white, whiter, or lighter. Whiten, the more general word, particularly suggests applying or rubbing some substance on a surface: »

The dentist used a powder to whiten my teeth.

Bleach implies exposure to sunlight and air or the use of chemicals: »

You can bleach those handkerchiefs by leaving them out on the clothesline for several days.

Blanch implies turning white by some natural process: »

Her cheeks were blanched by fear.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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