brights, brighter, brightest
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n, ADJ colour A bright colour is strong and noticeable, and not dark.

...a bright red dress.

...the bright uniforms of the guards parading at Buckingham Palace.

Derived words:
brightly ADV-GRADED

...a display of brightly coloured flowers.

brightness N-UNCOUNT oft the N of n

You'll be impressed with the brightness and the beauty of the colors.

2) ADJ-GRADED A bright light, object, or place is shining strongly or is full of light.

...a bright October day...

She leaned forward, her eyes bright with excitement.

Derived words:
brightly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

...a warm, brightly lit room...

The sun shone brightly.

brightness N-UNCOUNT oft the N of n

An astronomer can determine the brightness of each star.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If you describe someone as bright, you mean that they are quick at learning things.

I was convinced that he was brighter than average.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A bright idea is clever and original.

There are lots of books crammed with bright ideas...

Ford had the bright idea of paying workers enough to buy cars.

5) ADJ-GRADED If someone looks or sounds bright, they look or sound cheerful and lively.

The boy was so bright and animated...

`May I help you?' said a bright American voice over the telephone.

cheerful, lively
Derived words:
brightly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

He smiled brightly as Ben approached.

6) ADJ-GRADED If the future is bright, it is likely to be pleasant or successful.

Both had successful careers and the future looked bright...

There are much brighter prospects for a comprehensive settlement than before.

7) N-COUNT: usu pl, usu the N The brights on a car or other vehicle are the headlights when they are switched on fully. [mainly AM]
8) PHRASE: V inflects If you look on the bright side, you try to be cheerful about a bad situation by thinking of some advantages that could result from it, or thinking that it is not as bad as it could have been.

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