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illuminates

verb
present tense third-person singular of 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 results of the statewide testing illuminated the need to place more focus on instruction in math and science

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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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“Illuminates.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/illuminates. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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