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Can anyone tell me what the following means?

His expression brightens at the treat.

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It is synonymous with the following:

He [smiles/becomes happier] when he looks at the treat

brighten
to start looking or feeling happier
She frowned anxiously, then suddenly her face brightened.

(Macmillan)

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