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Meaning of ILLUMINATE

Pronunciation:  i'loomu`neyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
  2. [v]  make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
  3. [v]  paint, as of medieval manuscripts
 

ILLUMINATE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illume, illumine, light, light up, shed light on, sort out, straighten out
 
 See Also: adorn, beautify, clarify, decorate, embellish, floodlight, grace, lighten, lighten up, miniate, ornament, paint, rubricate, spotlight

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Il*lu"mi*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Illuminated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Illuminating}.] [L. illuminatus, p. p. of
    illuminare; pref. il- in + luminare to enlighten, fr. lumen
    light. See {Luminous}, and cf. {Illume}, {Illumine},
    {Enlimn}, {Limn}.]
    1. To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light,
       literally or figuratively; to brighten.
    
    2. To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a
       building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.
    
    3. 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. 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.
    
    
    
    
  2. \Il*lu"mi*nate\, v. i.
    To light up in token or rejoicing.
    
    
  3. \Il*lu"mi*nate\, a. [L. illuminatus, p. p.]
    Enlightened. --Bp. Hall.
    
    
  4. \Il*lu"mi*nate\, n.
    One who enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light
    and knowledge.
    
    
 
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