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illuminate

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adjective il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-nət\

Definition of illuminate

  1. 1 archaic :  brightened with light

  2. 2 archaic :  intellectually or spiritually enlightened



15th Century

First Known Use of illuminate

15th century


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illuminate

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verb il·lu·mi·nate \-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of illuminate

  • : to supply (something) with light : to shine light on (something)

  • : to make (something) clear and easier to understand

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of illuminate

illuminated

illuminating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to enlighten spiritually or intellectually b (1) :  to supply or brighten with light (2) :  to make luminous or shining c archaic :  to set alight d :  to subject to radiation

  3. 2 a :  to make clear :  elucidate b :  to bring to the fore :  highlight <a crisis can illuminate how interdependent we all are>

  4. 3 :  to make illustrious or resplendent

  5. 4 :  to decorate (as a manuscript) with gold or silver or brilliant colors or with often elaborate designs or miniature pictures

illuminatingly

play \-ˌnā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

illuminator

play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of illuminate in a sentence

  1. the part of the moon illuminated by the sun

  2. A university study has illuminated the problem.



Origin and Etymology of illuminate

Middle English, from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare, from in- + luminare to light up, from lumin-, lumen light — more at luminary


First Known Use: 15th century


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illuminate

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noun il·lu·mi·nate \-nət\

Definition of illuminate

archaic

  1. :  one having or claiming unusual enlightenment



1600

First Known Use of illuminate

1600


ILLUMINATE Defined for Kids

illuminate

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verb il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of illuminate for Students

illuminated

illuminating

  1. 1 :  to supply with light :  light up <He clutched Rose as a dazzling blast illuminated the lobby… — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck>

  2. 2 :  to make clear :  explain <His speech illuminated the subject.>





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