enlighten

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verb en·light·en \ in-ˈlī-tᵊn , en- \

Definition of enlighten

enlightened; enlightening play \in-ˈlīt-niŋ, -ˈlī-tᵊn-iŋ, en-\
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 in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of enlighten

14th century

enlighten Synonyms


ENLIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

enlighten

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Definition of enlighten for English Language Learners

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


ENLIGHTEN Defined for Kids

enlighten

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verb en·light·en \ in-ˈlī-tᵊn \

Definition of enlighten for Students

enlightened; enlightening
:to give knowledge or understanding to
  • “Where is she now? Will someone please enlighten me?”
  • —Brian Jacques, Redwall


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