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illuminate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of illuminate

  1. 1 to supply with light a floor lamp illuminates a living room rather nicely Synonyms of illuminate bathe, beacon, emblaze, illume, illumine, irradiate, light, lighten Words Related to illuminate brighten; beam, beat (down), radiate, shine; enhalo, halo; floodlight; highlight, spotlight; blaze, burn, fire, flame, glare, glow, ignite, incinerate, kindle; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle; gleam, glisten, glitter Near Antonyms of illuminate dim, dull, obscure; cover, shroud, veil; douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out) Antonyms of illuminate blacken, darken, obfuscate

  2. 2 to make plain or understandable the museum's exhibit on the refraction of light really illuminated the subject for us Synonyms of illuminate clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, explain, illustrate, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddleWords Related to illuminate decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, glossNear Antonyms of illuminate befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscateAntonyms of illuminate obscure

  3. 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 Synonyms of illuminate illustrate, pictorializeWords Related to illuminate image, picture, visualize

  4. 4 to indicate the importance of by centering attention on that city's total unpreparedness for the powerful hurricane illuminated the need for all cities to have plans in place before disaster strikes Synonyms of illuminate accent, accentuate, feature, foreground, highlight, emphasize, play up, point (up), press, punctuate, stressWords Related to illuminate focus, identify, pinpoint, spotlight; advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; overplayNear Antonyms of illuminate tone (down), underemphasize, understate; belittle, discount, disparage, minimizeAntonyms of illuminate de-emphasize, play down

  5. 5 to provide (someone) with moral or spiritual understanding how man is illuminated by a higher spirit Synonyms of illuminate edify, educate, illume, enlighten, illumine, inspire, nurtureWords Related to illuminate elevate, ennoble, enrich, ensoul, lift, uplift; better, improve, regenerate, renew, transform; exalt, glorify, transfigureNear Antonyms of illuminate confuse, perplex, puzzle; becloud, cloud, darken, obscure



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