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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Other Words from illuminating

illuminatingly adverb

Examples of illuminating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his parting infliction of chaos is the most illuminating. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "What Legislative Powers Are Left for Impeachment to Defend?," 14 Jan. 2021 One of the most illuminating consequences of the Trump phenomenon is a giant, pervasive unmasking. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Signs of Life, and Beauty, in a COVID-Afflicted World," 26 Dec. 2020 Wishing you a hopeful and illuminating weekend, and a sweet holiday to all who celebrate. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Nutrition faces a racial reckoning," 11 Dec. 2020 But amid a glut of fawning comedy documentaries, Cutler’s movie stands out as balanced, illuminating and compulsively watchable. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "John Belushi in Focus: What a New Film Gets Right and What It Misses," 22 Nov. 2020 Perhaps flashbacks, from the safety of the refugee camp, that could lead up to the most scarring memories would be more compelling and also more illuminating. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Roustabout Theatre’s ‘No Way Back’ a moving, child’s eye view of a brutal war," 23 Nov. 2020 Everywhere else in the text, Cosgove’s approach is solid and illuminating. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Cassius X’ captures the spiritual awakening of Muhammad Ali," 19 Nov. 2020 Although none are included in Rudavsky-Brody’s anthology, Valéry’s essays on poetry alternately feel historically illuminating and oddly contemporary. Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books, "The Dream of Pure Expression," 17 Nov. 2020 For that reason, some of the most illuminating biographies these days are about important figures who never occupied the Oval Office but who indisputably shaped the course of great events through their successes and their failures. Washington Post, "James Baker, master of a bygone Washington," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of illuminating

1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illuminating was in 1644

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21 Jan 2021

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“Illuminating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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