What does enlighten mean?

Definitions for enlighten
ɛnˈlaɪt nen·light·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlighten, edifyverb

    make understand

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

  2. enlighten, irradiateverb

    give spiritual insight to; in religion

  3. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidateverb

    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

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

Wiktionary

  1. enlightenverb

    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. enlightenverb

    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. Enlightenverb

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

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

  2. Enlightenverb

    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.:

    A writer's thoughts can act as an Aladdin's lamp, which can enlighten and open the mind of a reader, by showing opportunities and beauties of life.

  2. Isaac Asimov:

    Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Wise and honest decisions enlighten the right and accurate directions.

  4. Tarrin Olson:

    I feel my perspective will be twisted if discussing the skewed video which cut out part of the incident. … If you would like to have a full normal interview about the displacement of European-Americans then I gladly am available to enlighten the public.

  5. Mohsin Ali Shaukat:

    Enlighten your mind with the flame of Attitude to grow your Confidence and to see the Reality of Your Success ”

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