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 What might have been an awkward, cross-cultural conversation turned into an illuminating and entertaining onstage interview. Rachel Schallom, Fortune, "Fortune’s Most Memorable Interviews This Decade," 3 Dec. 2019 The actor is seen bending down and showing Briar how to work the illuminating purple toy, while his daughter (who is shown from the back) holds on to the other end. Georgia Slater,, "Hayden Christensen and Daughter Briar Rose, 5, Snap Rare Pic Visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," 30 Oct. 2019 That minimal scenery — the design is also by Sheffield — does allow for some illuminating moments. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Shakes’ atmospheric ‘Macbeth’ is a stylish warning to the ambitious | Review," 14 Oct. 2019 And that's exactly what an illuminating exhibit at the New York Historical Society, Stonewall at 50, is celebrating through Dec. 1. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The Ecstasy & Pain of NYC's Lost LGBTQ Dance Scene," 1 Oct. 2019 BioPharma Dive reports on the struggles of cancer drug centers to keep up with the clinical demand in an illuminating piece. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Juul’s CEO Steps Down. But What Comes Next?: Brainstorm Health," 25 Sep. 2019 Not every exchange was equally illuminating; candidates ultimately offered relatively unimpressive proposals for closing the pay gap, for instance. Anna North, Vox, "Democrats need to win women in 2020. The debate showed the candidates know that.," 27 June 2019 Defensive coordinators will come at him with pressure, and his response under duress will be illuminating. Chris Allen, Sports Illustrated, "A Case for Kyler Murray as an Elite Fantasy Quarterback in 2019," 29 May 2019 But that cameo included the most illuminating play of the preseason. Rich Campbell,, "Assessing the Bears’ 5 draft picks as the preseason ends: What’s their outlook for the 2019 season?," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Illuminating.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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