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

Definition of enlightening

: providing or tending to provide knowledge, understanding, or insight a very enlightening discussion … he takes readers on enlightening excursions through the nature of Judaism, Hegelian philosophy, wherever his curiosity heads.— George Johnson

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Other Words from enlightening

enlighteningly adverb

Examples of enlightening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Answers to these survey questions can be enlightening and are often overlooked! Jeff Bevis, Forbes, "Thinking About A Franchise In 2021? Three Hidden Gems In The Latest Franchise Satisfaction Report," 26 Feb. 2021 The interactions have been positive and enlightening. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants spring training observations: Gabe Kapler seeks players' input; pitching plans told," 26 Feb. 2021 Seeing how the process affects these students is both harrowing and enlightening. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Sundance: The 6 best movies for representation you haven't heard about yet," 4 Feb. 2021 The rest of Sid Meier’s autobiography is enlightening, interesting, and an overall feel-good read. M. J. Lewis, Wired, "The Swashbuckling Escapism of Sid Meier’s Pirates!," 22 Jan. 2021 Their stories, whether comic, poignant or enlightening, offer some escape from our own worrisome world. Washington Post, "When these animals talk, listen: Audiobooks give voice to a cat, a horse, a sheep and others," 14 Dec. 2020 At the entrance to the enlightening show of new contemporary acquisitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, visitors will encounter Freedman’s Field (1990-94) by the late Dallas artist Tracy Hicks. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "What art is like now: The DMA’s recent acquisitions range from goofy to transcendent," 10 Feb. 2021 The second scan is no more or less enlightening than the first: there is still an embryo, there is still no heartbeat. Longreads, "The Geography Closest In," 26 Jan. 2021 Join me next week for more enlightening light fixture tips. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Pulling the plug on dated light fixtures is a great home update. Here's how to choose new ones," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of enlightening

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enlightening was in 1574

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4 Mar 2021

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“Enlightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlightening. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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