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Definition of "scintillate" [scin•til•late]

  • To throw off sparks; flash. (verb-intransitive)
  • To sparkle or shine. See Synonyms at flash. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be animated and brilliant: dinner conversation that scintillated. (verb-intransitive)
  • To give off (sparks or flashes). (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 "scintillate" in a sentence
  • "A small, circular wave emanating from a central point. scintillate"
  • "I know he fails to scintillate and he does seem to be around more and more often but they don't need to be so outwardly mean and I told them so."
  • "You could say he's a shining example, except le Carré's point is that while Smiley's powers scintillate, he's practically a cipher when he's not putting those talents to work."