enlighten


en·light·en

verb \in-ˈlī-tən, en-\

: to give knowledge or understanding to (someone) : to explain something to (someone)

en·light·eneden·light·en·ing \-ˈlīt-niŋ, -tən-iŋ\

Full Definition of ENLIGHTEN

transitive verb
1
archaic :  illuminate
2
a :  to furnish knowledge to :  instruct <enlightened us about the problem>
b :  to give spiritual insight to

Examples of ENLIGHTEN

  1. I don't understand what's going on; can someone please enlighten me?
  2. <the lecturer at the planetarium enlightened us about the latest astronomical discoveries>

First Known Use of ENLIGHTEN

1587

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