illuminate

[v. ih-loo-muh-neyt; adj., n. ih-loo-muh-nit, -neyt]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin illūminātus (past participle of illūmināre to light up, brighten). See illumine, -ate1

illuminatingly, adverb
preilluminate, verb (used with object)
reilluminate, verb, reilluminated, reilluminating.
semi-illuminated, adjective
unilluminated, adjective


2. clarify, explain, elucidate.
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illuminate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to throw light in or into; light up: to illuminate a room
2.  (tr) to make easily understood; clarify
3.  to adorn, decorate, or be decorated with lights
4.  (tr) to decorate (a letter, page, etc) by the application of colours, gold, or silver
5.  (intr) to become lighted up
 
adj
6.  archaic made clear or bright with light; illuminated
 
n
7.  a person who has or claims to have special enlightenment
 
[C16: from Latin illūmināre to light up, from lūmen light]
 
il'luminative
 
adj
 
il'luminator
 
n

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illuminated definition


  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. (A play on lit.) : Paul is a bit illuminated.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
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