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Definition of "illuminate" []

  • To provide or brighten with light. (verb-transitive)
  • To decorate or hang with lights. (verb-transitive)
  • To make understandable; clarify: "Cleverly made attacks can . . . serve to illuminate important differences between candidates” ( New Republic). (verb-transitive)
  • To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand. (verb-transitive)
  • To endow with fame or splendor; celebrate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "illuminate" in a sentence
  • "He continues by breaking down UxD, examining how each element implied in the title illuminate his hypothesis - that the ephemeral and insubstantial"
  • "What this article has tried to illuminate is a dual condition in which psychology — in a piecemeal way in the course of the early part of the nineteenth century — is emerging as an empirical science for the study of the individual mind, but is also at this point becoming a new forum for a humanist metaphysics of the individual."
  • ""The average person sees more news in a day than they saw in a year 10 years ago," says Richard Buck, CEO and co-founder at Eluma (a variation of the word illuminate), which offers a new personal web organizer to handle the growing problem of information overload."