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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The food itself is phenomenal—breads, salads, stews, curries, sticky-sweet desserts—but even more illuminating is Helou’s decision to include blocks of different recipes for a single dish. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of the Century So Far," 14 July 2019 In addition to mainstage programs, the calendar includes Carte Blanche Concerts, Café Conversations and the illuminating multimedia Encounter series. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Music@Menlo fest back with another dizzying, delicious lineup," 8 July 2019 When: October 16-20 and 23-27, 2019 Take in a truly illuminating event at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden as 1,000 elaborately carved jack o lanterns light the way. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "24 Halloween Celebrations Across America to Spook Your Socks Off," 8 July 2019 For an even more illuminating experience, catch one of the daily space shows at the Samuel Oshin Planetarium. National Geographic, "Electrifying places to visit if you love science," 17 June 2019 Close out the night with a bang with an illuminating fireworks presentation as sparks fly and light up the sky for all of St. John to see. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "We Come To Fete! The Ultimate Guide To St. John Carnival," 27 June 2019 The challenges and triumphs of four refugees coming to San Francisco are powerfully related in Bay Area filmmaker Tom Shepard’s illuminating documentary. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "SF Bay Area filmmakers make big mark at Frameline 2019," 19 June 2019 Yet his studies drew him to the same conclusion: baseball was beset by beliefs that didn’t stand up to scrutiny in the more illuminating light of the post-PITCHf/x era. Ben Lindbergh And Travis Sawchik,, "How MLB Washout Brian Bannister Became the Red Sox' Pitching Guru," 7 June 2019 But perhaps the most illuminating finding is that these veteran straight, white males aren't the Democrats's only hope to defeat Trump. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Can Beat Trump? Hint: It’s Not Just Other White Dudes," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of illuminating

1644, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2019

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The first known use of illuminating was in 1644

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