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illuminate

il·lu·mi·nate

illuminate

 
 
pronunciation:
ih lu m neIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: illuminated, illuminates, illuminating
definition 1: to provide or brighten with or as if with light; light up; make radiant.
Lights illuminated the stage.
synonyms:
brighten, illumine, light
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
floodlight, irradiate, lighten, spotlight
definition 2: to make clear or understandable; clarify; explain.
The footnotes help to illuminate the text.
synonyms:
clarify, elucidate, explicate, illustrate
antonyms:
confuse, darken, obscure
similar words:
account, explain, expose, get across, reveal, uncover
definition 3: to give knowledge to; enlighten.
Will you illuminate us as to your intentions?
synonyms:
edify, educate, enlighten, inform
similar words:
advise, awaken, elevate, enable, inspire, school, uplift
definition 4: to decorate (a letter, manuscript, or the like) with colored designs.
similar words:
decorate, embellish, emblazon, illustrate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become illuminated.
synonyms:
brighten, illumine, light up
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
clear, incandesce, lighten, phosphoresce
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derivations: illuminable (adj.), illuminative (adj.), illuminatingly (adv.), illuminator (n.)
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