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.

  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.

  3. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Enlightenverb

    Etymology: from light.

    As one sun shineth to the whole world, so there is no faith but this one published, the brightness whereof must enlighten all that come to the knowledge of the truth. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 46.

    This doctrine is so agreeable to reason, that we meet with it in the writings of the enlightened heathens. Spectator.

    ’Tis he who enlightens our understanding, corrects our wills, and enables us to subdue our affections to the law of God. John Rogers.

    Love never fails to master what he finds;
    The fool enlightens, and the wise he blinds. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlightenverb

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

  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

  3. 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. 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.

  2. Bahram Baloch:

    Martyrdom is the new beginning for revolutionary leaders. It enlighten the path of freedom upon which people fear to walk due to darkness.

  3. Mohsin Ali Shaukat:

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

  4. Voltaire:

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

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    You're looking for the light, forgetting you have an astonishing light, inside you, which can enlighten the whole world.

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