Is this sentence, "try to relieve her by lightening her mood", correct, and if so, what is the difference here between lighten and relieve?

  • yes it is correct, lighten her mood means make her kind of cheerful.
    – Freddy
    Commented May 10, 2015 at 14:35

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Yes, that sentence is correct.

Relieve: to free from anxiety, fear or pain.

Lighten: to cause to become cheery or glad.

"Lighten" is a synonym of "cheer up". And "relieve" is a synonym of "alleviate".

The difference is pretty clear since relieve does not imply to have a good mood, while lighten does.

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