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

Other Words from illuminating

illuminatingly adverb

Examples of illuminating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bogdanovich’s extended interview with Hitchcock, from 1963, is a more illuminating document than François Truffaut’s celebrated book of interviews with him from the same era. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2022 My entrance into my 30s has been the most illuminating experience of my life. Tasnim Ahmed, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2021 Spencer changes that, humanizing her legacy in a way that's both illuminating and necessary. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 5 Nov. 2021 But the most illuminating material came from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, where her diaries, letters and photographs are stored in an archive. Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 And then use only the best — most illuminating — parts. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 27 Oct. 2021 The two scenes with the witches are more illuminating, anyway. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021 That Angelina Jolie profile was very illuminating and sad but lmao men are still opening essays like this??? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 5 Sep. 2021 Drew Sidora hammered that in even further on the last season of Real Housewives of Atlanta — fraught family dynamics are often more uncomfortable than entertaining or illuminating. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of illuminating

1644, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2022

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“Illuminating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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