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English definition of “enlighten”

enlighten

verb [I or T] uk   /ɪnˈlaɪ.tən/ us    /-t̬ən/
to provide someone with information and understanding, or to explain the true facts about something to someone: Should the function of children's television be to entertain or to enlighten? I don't understand this. Could you enlighten me?Defining and explaining
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