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Meaning & Definition of Illuminate in English





1. Make lighter or brighter

  • "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
  • light,
  • illume,
  • illumine,
  • light up,
  • illuminate

2. Make free from confusion or ambiguity

  • Make clear
  • "Could you clarify these remarks?"
  • "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
  • clear,
  • clear up,
  • shed light on,
  • crystallize,
  • crystallise,
  • crystalize,
  • crystalise,
  • straighten out,
  • sort out,
  • enlighten,
  • illuminate,
  • elucidate

3. Add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

  • illuminate

Examples of using

I use a flashlight to illuminate dark areas.
The sun is the torch, the lamp of the universe; if it is situated in the central region it's because this is the best place to illuminate the planets.