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illuminate

[v. ih-loo-muh-neyt; adj., n. ih-loo-muh-nit, -neyt] /v. ɪˈlu məˌneɪt; adj., n. ɪˈlu mə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), illuminated, illuminating.
1.
to supply or brighten with light; light up.
2.
to make lucid or clear; throw light on (a subject).
3.
to decorate with lights, as in celebration.
4.
to enlighten, as with knowledge.
5.
to make resplendent or illustrious:
A smile illuminated her face.
6.
to decorate (a manuscript, book, etc.) with colors and gold or silver, as was often done in the Middle Ages.
verb (used without object), illuminated, illuminating.
7.
to display lights, as in celebration.
8.
to become illuminated.
adjective
9.
Archaic. illuminated.
10.
Obsolete, enlightened.
noun
11.
Archaic. a person who is or affects to be specially enlightened.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin illūminātus (past participle of illūmināre to light up, brighten). See illumine, -ate1
Related forms
illuminatingly, adverb
preilluminate, verb (used with object)
reilluminate, verb, reilluminated, reilluminating.
semi-illuminated, adjective
unilluminated, adjective
Synonyms
2. clarify, explain, elucidate.
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Examples for illuminated
  • Though invisible in normal light once it has hardened, this adhesive glows yellow when illuminated by a beam of ultraviolet light.
  • By hiding the circuitry behind the pixels, a backside illuminated sensor gathers much more light.
  • The restaurants, the streets and boulevards were brilliantly illuminated for popular dances.
  • Position where it will be illuminated by late-afternoon sun.
  • These same family cars will also have the illuminated handles.
  • The dream of cloaking research is to hide an object illuminated by visible light.
  • Small illuminated miniatures with diminutive landscapes and teensy figures.
  • The truck and its surroundings are illuminated as the explosives are triggered.
  • But remember all you'll get is illuminated poor instead of darkened poor.
  • Theoretically, highways could be illuminated only when there are cars on them.
British Dictionary definitions for illuminated

illuminate

verb (ɪˈluːmɪˌneɪt)
1.
(transitive) to throw light in or into; light up to illuminate a room
2.
(transitive) to make easily understood; clarify
3.
to adorn, decorate, or be decorated with lights
4.
(transitive) to decorate (a letter, page, etc) by the application of colours, gold, or silver
5.
(intransitive) to become lighted up
adjective (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
6.
(archaic) made clear or bright with light; illuminated
noun (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
7.
a person who has or claims to have special enlightenment
Derived Forms
illuminative, adjective
illuminator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin illūmināre to light up, from lūmen light
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Word Origin and History for illuminated

illuminate

v.

c.1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination, or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.

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