Definitions for illuminateɪˈlu məˌneɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

il•lu•mi•nateɪˈlu məˌneɪt(v.)-nat•ed, -nat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to supply or brighten with light; light up.

  2. to make lucid; clarify.

  3. to decorate with lights.

  4. to enlighten.

  5. to make resplendent:

    A smile illuminated her face.

  6. to decorate (a manuscript or book) with colors and gold or silver.

  7. (v.i.)to display lights, as in celebration.

  8. to become illuminated.

Origin of illuminate:

1400–50; late ME < L illūminātus, ptp. of illūmināre=il-il-1+lūmināre, v. der. of lūmen light


Princeton's WordNet

  1. light, illume, illumine, light up, illuminate(verb)

    make lighter or brighter

    "This lamp lightens the room a bit"

  2. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate(verb)

    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

    "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"

  3. illuminate(verb)

    add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. illuminate(verb)ɪˈlu məˌneɪt

    to light up

    The streets are illuminated at night.

  2. illuminateɪˈlu məˌneɪt

    to explain or clarify

    a novel that illuminates the hard life of new immigrants


  1. illuminate(Noun)

    Someone thought to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.

  2. illuminate(Verb)

    to shine light on something

  3. illuminate(Verb)

    to decorate something with lights

  4. illuminate(Verb)

    to clarify or make something understandable

  5. illuminate(Verb)

    to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs

  6. illuminate(Verb)

    To make spectacular

  7. illuminate(Verb)

    to glow

  8. illuminate(Verb)

    to be exposed to light

  9. Origin: From illuminaten, originally from illuminatum, supine of illumino, from in + lumino, from lumen. Cognate with lyman. More at leam.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illuminate(verb)

    to make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten

  2. Illuminate(verb)

    to light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect

  3. Illuminate(verb)

    to adorn, as a book or page with borders, initial letters, or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in manuscripts of the Middle Ages

  4. Illuminate(verb)

    to make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate; as, to illuminate a text, a problem, or a duty

  5. Illuminate(verb)

    to light up in token or rejoicing

  6. Illuminate(adj)


  7. Illuminate(noun)

    one who enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge


  1. Illuminate

    Illuminate is a successful German Gothic music band from Karlsruhe formed in 1993 by Johannes Berthold.

Translations for illuminate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to light up

The gardens were illuminated by rows of lamps.

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