illuminating

adjective
il·​lu·​mi·​nat·​ing | \ i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce illuminating (audio) \

Definition of illuminating

: providing insight, clarity, or understanding : highly informative an illuminating remark/discussion … much of the information is quite illuminating— Glenn Kenny

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illuminatingly adverb

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First Known Use of illuminating

1644, in the meaning defined above

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