What does illuminate mean?

Definitions for illuminate
ɪˈlu məˌneɪtil·lu·mi·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. light, illume, illumine, light up, illuminateverb

    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, elucidateverb

    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

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

  3. illuminateverb

    add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)


  1. illuminatenoun

    Someone thought to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.

  2. illuminateverb

    to shine light on something

  3. illuminateverb

    to decorate something with lights

  4. illuminateverb

    to clarify or make something understandable

  5. illuminateverb

    to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs

  6. illuminateverb

    To make spectacular

  7. illuminateverb

    to glow

  8. illuminateverb

    to be exposed to light

  9. Etymology: From illuminaten, originally from illuminatum, supine of illumino, from in + lumino, from lumen. Cognate with lyman. More at leam.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ILLUMINATEverb

    Etymology: illuminer, French; lumen, Latin.

    Do thou vouchsafe, with thy love-kindling light,
    T' illuminate my dim and dulled eyn. Edmund Spenser.

    No painting can be seen in full perfection, but as all nature is illuminated by a single light. Henry Wotton.

    He made the stars,
    And set them in the firmament of heav'n,
    T' illuminate the earth and rule the night. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Reason our guide, what can she more reply
    Than that the sun illuminates the sky;
    Than that night rises from his absent ray,
    And his returning lustre kindles day? Matthew Prior.

    Satan had no power to abuse the illuminated world with his impostures. George Sandys, Travels.

    When he illuminates the mind with supernatural light, he does not extinguish that which is natural. John Locke.

    My health is insufficient to amplify these remarks, and to illuminate the several pages with variety of examples. Isaac Watts.


  1. illuminate

    To illuminate means to light up or brighten, shedding light on an object to make it visible. Additionally, it can also refer to the process of making something clear and easier to understand, by providing or shedding light upon new facts, details or perspectives.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illuminateverb

    to make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten

  2. Illuminateverb

    to light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect

  3. Illuminateverb

    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. Illuminateverb

    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. Illuminateverb

    to light up in token or rejoicing

  6. Illuminateadjective


  7. Illuminatenoun

    one who enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge

  8. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of illuminate in a Sentence

  1. Richard Cochinos:

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

  2. Jonah Hill:

    As I go forward as an artist, I can take all these kids that were raised the same way as I was, learning the same lessons, and help illuminate why maybe some of them weren't the best lessons in the entire world.

  3. James Garvin:

    You could use a constellation of cubesats that would light up at a certain time, if you flew thousands of them in the same formation that could illuminate every 90 minutes in low earth orbit.

  4. David Asher:

    They failed to illuminate further the previously declassified information.

  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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