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illuminate

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1 to supply with light
  • A floor lamp illuminates a living room rather nicely.
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2 to make plain or understandable
  • The museum's exhibit on the refraction of light really illuminated the subject for us.
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3 to supplement with pictorial matter for the purpose of explanation or decoration
  • No one knows for sure the identity of the artist who illuminated that medieval manuscript so beautifully.
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4 to indicate the importance of by centering attention on
  • The test results illuminated the need to focus on math.
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bear down on, make much of

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5 to provide (someone) with moral or spiritual understanding
  • how man is illuminated by a higher spirit
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