Definitions for illuminateɪˈlu məˌneɪt

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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)


  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

  8. Origin: [L. illuminatus, p. p.]


  1. Illuminate

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

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