enlighten

verb
en·​light·​en | \ in-ˈlī-tᵊn How to pronounce enlighten (audio) , en- \
enlightened; enlightening\ in-​ˈlīt-​niŋ How to pronounce enlighten (audio) , -​ˈlī-​tᵊn-​iŋ , en-​ \

Definition of enlighten

transitive verb

1a : to furnish knowledge to : instruct enlightened us about the problem
b : to give spiritual insight to
2 archaic : illuminate

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Examples of enlighten in a Sentence

I don't understand what's going on; can someone please enlighten me? the lecturer at the planetarium enlightened us about the latest astronomical discoveries
Recent Examples on the Web The artists are usually on hand to enlighten you about their creations. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 Other studies that might enlighten us about the underlying cause of symptoms include bloodwork that might show elevations in autoimmune markers or changes in hormones. Allison Navis, Quartz, 17 Aug. 2021 Other studies that might enlighten us about the underlying cause of symptoms include bloodwork that might show elevations in autoimmune markers or changes in hormones. Allison Navis, The Conversation, 16 Aug. 2021 Encourage participation and engagement through teaching and learning and create dialogue to enlighten, inform and stretch each other’s viewpoints rather than squash productive debate. Expert Panel, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Additionally, regularly enlighten the C-suite and board about the increasingly complex technology transformation and change management required for the company to stay abreast of competition. Pradeep Aradhya, Forbes, 24 June 2021 So if that sounds like something that would enlighten your day, read our choices below of the best brownie pans on the market and get ready to grab some batter and vanilla ice cream to escape to pure chocolate bliss. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 June 2021 This was the level of talent that was coming to the Cultural Festival on the regular, to entertain and enlighten and empower anyone who was uptown and around. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2021 Instead, guests experience a modern take on Pacific Rim fare designed to enlighten the senses. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of enlighten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Enlighten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlighten. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for enlighten

enlighten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enlighten

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

enlighten

verb
en·​light·​en | \ in-ˈlī-tᵊn How to pronounce enlighten (audio) \
enlightened; enlightening

Kids Definition of enlighten

: to give knowledge or understanding to "Where is she now? Will someone please enlighten me?"— Brian Jacques, Redwall

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