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enlighten

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verb en·light·en \in-ˈlī-tən, en-\

Simple Definition of enlighten

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

Full Definition of enlighten

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  illuminate

  3. 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>



1587

First Known Use of enlighten

1587



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