What does illuminate mean?

Definitions for illuminateɪˈlu məˌneɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word illuminate.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illuminate

    il-lū′min-āt, v.t. to light up: to enlighten: to illustrate: to adorn with ornamental lettering or illustrations.—adj. enlightened.—adj. Illū′minable, that may be illuminated.—adj. and n. Illū′minant.—n.pl. Illuminā′tī, the enlightened, a name given to various sects, and especially to a society of German Freethinkers at the end of the 18th century.—n. Illuminā′tion, act of giving light: that which gives light: splendour: brightness: a display of lights: adorning of books with coloured lettering or illustrations: (B.) enlightening influence, inspiration.—adj. Illū′minative, tending to give light: illustrative or explanatory.—n. Illū′minator, one who illuminates, esp. one who is employed in adorning books with coloured letters and illustrations.—vs.t. Illū′mine, Illū′me, to make luminous or bright: to enlighten: to adorn.—ns. Illū′miner, an illuminator; Illū′minism.—adj. Illum′inous, bright. [L. illumināre, -ātumin, in, upon, lumināre, to cast light—lumen (=lucimen)—lucēre, to shine, light.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illuminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illuminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Unknown:

    The difficulties we experience Always illuminate the lessons we need most.

  2. Emil Nolde:

    Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Let us be a messenger of peace and illuminate the world with the lights of our love.

  4. Richard Cochinos:

    In addition, the minutes should help illuminate exactly what 'international considerations' means.

  5. James Garvin:

    You would have to engineer this problem carefully, how would you illuminate the moon as a billboard without landing there?

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