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

Definition of ILLUMINATE

archaic :  brightened with light
archaic :  intellectually or spiritually enlightened

First Known Use of ILLUMINATE

15th century

Rhymes with ILLUMINATE


verb il·lu·mi·nate \-ˌnāt\

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

: to make (something) clear and easier to understand


Full Definition of ILLUMINATE

transitive verb
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
a :  to make clear :  elucidate
b :  to bring to the fore :  highlight <a crisis can illuminate how interdependent we all are>
:  to make illustrious or resplendent
:  to decorate (as a manuscript) with gold or silver or brilliant colors or with often elaborate designs or miniature pictures
il·lu·mi·nat·ing·ly \-ˌnā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
il·lu·mi·na·tor \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of ILLUMINATE

  1. the part of the moon illuminated by the sun
  2. A university study has illuminated the problem.


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

Rhymes with ILLUMINATE

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noun il·lu·mi·nate \-nət\

Definition of ILLUMINATE

:  one having or claiming unusual enlightenment

First Known Use of ILLUMINATE



verb il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of ILLUMINATE for Kids

:  to supply with light :  light up <He clutched Rose as a dazzling blast illuminated the lobby… — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck>
:  to make clear :  explain <His speech illuminated the subject.>


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