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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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  • The rising sun illuminates a place of inspiring beauty.
  • It is but seldom that he even illuminates his pages with any illustrations drawn from his own experiences.
  • Outlines and tints are forgotten in the common blaze which illuminates all.
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  • The laser light diffuses through the skull and illuminates the tissue underneath it.
  • Nothing illuminates this more clearly than health care.
  • It does not try to define its subject, or have the last word on it, but-at its best-illuminates it in many different ways.
  • It also illuminates the sometimes arbitrary way that conservationists decide what is worth conserving, and what is not.
British Dictionary definitions for illuminates

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 illuminates

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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