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illuminate

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adjective il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-nət\

Definition of illuminate

  1. 1 archaic :  brightened with light

  2. 2 archaic :  intellectually or spiritually enlightened

15th Century

First Known Use of illuminate

15th century


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illuminate

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verb il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of illuminate

illuminated

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illuminating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to enlighten spiritually or intellectuallyb (1) :  to supply or brighten with light (2) :  to make luminous or shiningc archaic :  to set alightd :  to subject to radiation

  3. 2a :  to make clear :  elucidateb :  to bring to the fore :  highlight a crisis can illuminate how interdependent we all are

  4. 3 :  to make illustrious or resplendent

  5. 4 :  to decorate (something, such as a manuscript) with gold or silver or brilliant colors or with often elaborate designs or miniature pictures

illuminator

play \i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of illuminate in a Sentence

  1. the part of the moon illuminated by the sun

  2. A university study has illuminated the problem.

Origin and Etymology of illuminate

Middle English, from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare, from in- + luminare to light up, from lumin-, lumen light — more at luminary


First Known Use: 15th century


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illuminate

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noun il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-nət\

Definition of illuminate

archaic

  1. :  one having or claiming unusual enlightenment

1600

First Known Use of illuminate

1600


ILLUMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

illuminate

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Definition of illuminate for English Language Learners

  • : to supply (something) with light : to shine light on (something)

  • : to make (something) clear and easier to understand


ILLUMINATE Defined for Kids

illuminate

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verb il·lu·mi·nate \i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of illuminate for Students

illuminated

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illuminating

  1. 1 :  to supply with light :  light up He clutched Rose as a dazzling blast illuminated the lobby… — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck

  2. 2 :  to make clear :  explain His speech illuminated the subject.



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