verb (used with object)
to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to: We hope the results of our research will enlighten our colleagues.
Archaic. to shed light upon.

1350–1400; Middle English enli(g)htenen. See en-1, lighten1

enlightenedly, adverb
enlightenedness, noun
enlightener, noun
enlighteningly, adverb
nonenlightened, adjective
nonenlightening, adjective
preenlighten, verb (used with object)
preenlightener, noun
reenlighten, verb (used with object)
unenlightened, adjective
unenlightening, adjective
well-enlightened, adjective

1. illumine, edify, teach, inform.

1. mystify, confuse, perplex, puzzle.
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enlighten (ɪnˈlaɪtən)
1.  to give information or understanding to; instruct; edify
2.  to free from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition
3.  to give spiritual or religious revelation to
4.  poetic to shed light on

enlightened (ɪnˈlaɪtənd)
1.  factually well-informed, tolerant of alternative opinions, and guided by rational thought: an enlightened administration; enlightened self-interest
2.  privy to or claiming a sense of spiritual or religious revelation of truth: the search for an enlightened spiritual master

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (O.E. had inlihtan), "to remove the dimness or blindness (usually figurative) from one's eyes or heart," from en- + lighten. Related: Enlightened; enlightening.
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Example sentences
But there's no harm in some enlightened and educated guessing.
Thanks for all of these conflicting and enlightened arguments.
Now you're no more enlightened and facing late fees from two places.
More awards to individuals who have in one way or another enlightened the
  public were announced yesterday.
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