enlighten

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verb en·light·en \in-ˈlī-tən, en-\

Definition of enlighten

enlightened

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enlightening

play \in-ˈlīt-niŋ, -ˈlī-tən-iŋ, en-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  illuminate

  3. 2a :  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>

14th Century

First Known Use of enlighten

14th century


ENLIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

enlighten

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verb en·light·en \in-ˈlī-tən, en-\

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

  1. :  to give knowledge or understanding to <“Where is she now? Will someone please enlighten me?” — Brian Jacques, Redwall>



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