illuminate


illuminate

verb

Definition of ILLUMINATE

1
to supply with light <a floor lamp illuminates a living room rather nicely>
Near Antonyms dim, dull, obscure; cover, shroud, veil; douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)
2
to make plain or understandable <the museum's exhibit on the refraction of light really illuminated the subject for us>
Antonyms obscure
3
to supplement with pictorial matter for the purpose of explanation or decoration <no one knows for sure the identity of the artist who illuminated that medieval manuscript so beautifully>
Related Words image, picture, visualize
4
to indicate the importance of by centering attention on <that city's total unpreparedness for the powerful hurricane illuminated the need for all cities to have plans in place before disaster strikes>
5
to provide (someone) with moral or spiritual understanding <how man is illuminated by a higher spirit>

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