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Meaning & Definition of Illuminate in English

English

Illuminate

/ɪlumɪnɪt/

verb

1. Make lighter or brighter

  • "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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)

    synonym:
  • 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.
Men of genius are meteors destined to burn in order to illuminate their century.