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Meaning of IRRADIATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]i'reydeeit, [v]i'reydee`eyt, i'reydi`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give spiritual insight to; in religion
  2. [v]  expose to radiation; "irradiate food"
  3. [v]  cast rays of light upon

IRRADIATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: enlighten, ray
 See Also: lighten, lighten up, process, prophesy, treat, vaticinate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ir*ra"di*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Irradiated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Irradiating}.] [L. irradiatus, p. p. of
    irradiate. See {In-} in, and {Radiate}.]
    1. To throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten;
       to adorn with luster.
             Thy smile irradiates yon blue fields. --Sir W.
    2. To enlighten intellectually; to illuminate; as, to
       irradiate the mind. --Bp. Bull.
    3. To animate by heat or light. --Sir M. Hale.
    4. To radiate, shed, or diffuse.
             A splendid fa?ade, . . . irradiating hospitality.
                                                   --H. James.
  2. \Ir*ra"di*ate\, v. i.
    To emit rays; to shine.
  3. \Ir*ra"di*ate\, a. [L. irradiatus, p. p.]
    Illuminated; irradiated. --Mason.
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