Illuminate meaning

ĭ-lo͝o'mə-nāt'
To provide or brighten with light.
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The definition of illuminate is to light something up or to explain something so that it is clear.

When you turn on a light, this is an example of a situation where you illuminate a room.

When you decorate your house for Christmas, this is an example of a situation where you illuminate a house.

When you give a simple explanation to help someone understand an issue, this is an example of a situation where the explanation illuminates the issue.

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To brighten; animate.
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To make clear; explain; elucidate.
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To decorate (an initial letter or word) with designs, tracings, etc. of gold, silver, or bright colors.
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To decorate (a manuscript, page border, etc.) with such initial letters, miniature pictures, etc.
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Made bright with light.
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Enlightened in mind or spirit.
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A person who has or claims to have special knowledge.
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To shine light on something.
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To decorate something with lights.
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To clarify or make something understandable.
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(intransitive) To be exposed to light.
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To decorate or hang with lights.
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To adorn (a page of a book, for example) with ornamental designs, images, or lettering in brilliant colors or precious metals.
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To expose to or reveal by radiation.
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To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand.
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One who has or professes to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.
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To make illustrious, glorious, or famous.
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To decorate with lights.
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To give light to; light up.
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To inform; instruct; enlighten.
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To decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs.
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(figuratively) To make spectacular.
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(intransitive) To glow.
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Someone thought to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.
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(obsolete) Enlightened.

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To make understandable; clarify.
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Origin of illuminate

From Middle English illuminaten, originally from Latin illūminātum, supine of illūminō (“lighten, light up, show off”), from in + lūminō (“light up”), from lūmen (“light”). Cognate with Old English lȳman (“to glow, shine”). More at leam.