What does Enlighten mean?

Definitions for Enlighten
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlighten, edify(verb)

    make understand

    "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"

  2. enlighten, irradiate(verb)

    give spiritual insight to; in religion

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. enlighten(Verb)

    To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth.

    Etymology: Formerly also inlighten, from enlightenen, inlightnen, a hybrid formed from inlighten, from inlihtan, onlihtan, enlihten and lightnen (equivalent to ). Cognate with inlichten, inliuhten, 0339033D033B0339033F03370344033E0330033D. More at inlight, -en.

  2. enlighten(Verb)

    To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding.

    Etymology: Formerly also inlighten, from enlightenen, inlightnen, a hybrid formed from inlighten, from inlihtan, onlihtan, enlihten and lightnen (equivalent to ). Cognate with inlichten, inliuhten, 0339033D033B0339033F03370344033E0330033D. More at inlight, -en.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlighten(verb)

    to supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth

    Etymology: [Pref. en- + lighten: cf. AS. inlhtan. Cf. Enlight.]

  2. Enlighten(verb)

    to make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding

    Etymology: [Pref. en- + lighten: cf. AS. inlhtan. Cf. Enlight.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enlighten

    en-līt′n, v.t. to lighten or shed light on: to make clear to the mind: to impart knowledge to: to elevate by knowledge or religion—(obs.) Enlight′.—n. Enlight′enment, act of enlightening: state of being enlightened: the spirit of the French philosophers of the 18th century.

Editors Contribution

  1. enlighten

    To provide and receive specific and accurate intuition, feeling, knowing, understanding, knowledge, logic, perception, reason, wisdom, knowledge, data, information and facts.

    We are grateful to enlighten each other with the data and information that we choose to learn proactively.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Enlighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Enlighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Enlighten in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Write about the beauty of rainbows and the glint of reflected light that can enlighten readers' minds.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Human brain provides us an amazing example of organizational teamwork. You see, the left and right halves of human brain do function slightly differently, and yet they don't work independently or in an isolation or even in a never-ending competition as the myth goes. The two halves always work seamlessly together as a unique system; offering a perfect teamwork between the logical and the intuitive, between the analytical and the creative. The Corpus Callosum, the main nerve bundle or the white matter that joins the two halves, facilitates and synergistically coordinates the communication between these different parts of the brain to ensure the effective functioning of human body. In my view, this is a classic example of teamwork and coordination, created by none other than the Supreme Power to enlighten us.

  3. Saint Thomas Aquinas:

    We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us and God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides.

  4. Voltaire:

    True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.

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