Definition of Illuminate

1. Verb. Make lighter or brighter. "This lamp lightens the room a bit"

Exact synonyms: Illume, Illumine, Light, Light Up
Generic synonyms: Lighten, Lighten Up
Specialized synonyms: Floodlight, Spotlight
Derivative terms: Illuminant, Illumination, Illumination, Light, Light, Light, Light, Light, Light



2. Verb. Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear. "Clear up the question of who is at fault"

3. Verb. Add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts).
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament
Specialized synonyms: Miniate, Rubricate
Entails: Paint
Derivative terms: Illumination

Definition of Illuminate

1. v. t. To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten.

2. v. i. To light up in token or rejoicing.

3. a. Enlightened.

4. n. One who is enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge.

Definition of Illuminate

1. Verb. (transitive) to shine light on something ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to decorate something with lights ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to clarify or make something understandable ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs ¹

5. Verb. (transitive figurative) To make spectacular ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) to glow ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) to be exposed to light ¹

8. Noun. Someone thought to have an unusual degree of enlightenment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Illuminate

1. [v -NATED, -NATING, -NATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Illuminate

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illude
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illume
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illuminator
illuminators

Literary usage of Illuminate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Oriental Translation Fund (1843)
"(whose place of repose may God illuminate!) thus speaks: " The Almighty is the soul of the universe, and the universe the reunion '• of all bodies; ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"... a preacher whose discourses lead clearly and surely into the Scriptures and their plan of salvation and illuminate the practical life. ..."

3. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1794)
"... not the vacant, the curious, and the learned only, but every roan who cometh into the world, and to illuminate with noon-day ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1868)
"By Dr. TL Notice^ of и proposal to illuminate Beacons and Buoys by Electricity, conveyed throw/h Submarine Wires connected with the Shore. ..."

5. The Bible Word-book: A Glossary of Archaic Words and Phrases in the by Jonathan Eastwood, William Aldis Wright (1884)
"... yet if they be illuminate by learning, they have those notions of religion, policy, and morality, which do preserve them and refrain them from all ..."

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