- to give the light of fact and knowledge to; free from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition
- Religion to give spiritual insight and understanding to
- to make clear to (a person) the facts or nature of something; inform
- Archaic to light up; illuminate
An example of enlighten is teaching a meditation workshop.
transitive verben·light·ened, en·light·en·ing, en·light·ens
- To give spiritual or intellectual insight to: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day” ( Thomas Jefferson )
- To give information to; inform or instruct.
(third-person singular simple present enlightens, present participle enlightening, simple past and past participle enlightened)
- To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth.
- To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding.
Formerly also inlighten, from Middle English enlightenen, inlightnen, a hybrid formed from Middle English inlighten (“to enlighten, illuminate”), from Old English inlīhtan, onlīhtan, enlīhten (“to enlighten, illuminate, give light to, give sight to”) and Middle English lightnen (“to enlighten, illuminate”) (equivalent to light + -en). Cognate with Dutch inlichten (“to enlighten, inform”), Old High German inliuhten (“to enlighten, illuminate”), Gothic (inliuhtjan, “to enlighten, illuminate”). More at inlight, -en.
- While Internet and magazine listings can certainly give you an idea of the price range for various homes, taking a trip to the area will enlighten you as well.
- The movie begins with a little history lesson, not only to enlighten the unaware, but to give the fans more insight into Whedon's vision of the future and the adventures of his characters.
- When you're done fitting together all the pieces, you will hopefully have a masterpiece on film that will enlighten a large portion of the population.
- 25 will serve more readily than words to enlighten the would-be bee-keeper.
- The duke, a sickly and vacillating man, said nothing to Castlereagh, and took no steps, and Canning did not enlighten his colleague.