preen lighten

enlighten

[en-lahyt-n]
verb (used with object)
1.
to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to: We hope the results of our research will enlighten our colleagues.
2.
Archaic. to shed light upon.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
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
 
en'lightener
 
n
 
en'lightening
 
adj

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enlighten
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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