il·​lu·​mi·​nat·​ing i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce illuminating (audio)
: providing insight, clarity, or understanding : highly informative
an illuminating remark/discussion
… much of the information is quite illuminatingGlenn Kenny
illuminatingly adverb

Examples of illuminating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the median can often be more illuminating as a data point and is emphasized here. Wes Moss, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Numerous journalists who cover the White House say Mr. Kirby can be more illuminating and accessible behind the scenes. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Connecting with Angeli-Chansley after his prison bid, Kaufman maps their conversations (and JAC’s conspiratorial worldview) against history and science in surprising and illuminating ways. Longreads, 22 Mar. 2024 Their clarity is legendary, illuminating nuances in acoustic instruments with dynamic range so wide both bombastic bass lines and ASMR whispers are revealed with meticulous finesse. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2024 Although as many as four times the number that traveled into the path of totality on August 21, 2017 are expected to do so this April 8, what happened back then has proved a unique and illuminating guide for communities and cities lucky enough to be inside the path of totality in 2024. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Beyond such occasional interventions, neither of the female characters is drawn in terribly illuminating detail. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 For more illuminating details of the debate, check out the story by Times reporters Ben Oreskes and Laura J. Nelson. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Think, Glow Recipe's original (and extremely viral) Watermelon Dew Drops, but with an illuminating tint of pearly golden bronze that gives your skin just the right amount of warmth and glow. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of illuminating was in 1644

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“Illuminating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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