whiten vb 1 Whiten, blanch, bleach, decolorize, etiolate can all mean to change from an original color to white or almost to white.
To Whiten is to make white usually by the applica-tion or addition of something from without

whiten shoes with pipe clay

To blanch is to whiten by the removal or withdrawal of color

blanch almonds by scalding which removes the brown skin

or by preventing it from developing

blanch celery by covering the stalks with earth, so as to exclude the sunlight

To bleach is to whiten or lighten in color, especially by exposure to sun and air or by chemical processes

bleach linen by spreading it on the grass in the sun


bleach hair by use of peroxide

Decolorize implies the deprivation of color (as by processes of bleaching or blanching)
but does not carry as strong an implication of whitening as do bleach and blanch (decolorize a colored fabric by the use of chloride of lime)
Etiolate is a scientific term used in reference chiefly to plants from which sunlight has been excluded with the result that the natural coloring of chlorophyll is not formed

etiolated plants look sickly

Antonyms: blacken
2 whitewash, gloze, gloss, *palliate, extenuate
Analogous words: see those at WHITEWASH

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