enlighten Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “enlighten” in the English Dictionary

"enlighten" in British English

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enlightenverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪnˈlaɪ.tən/  us   /-t̬ən/
to ​provide someone with ​information and ​understanding, or to ​explain the ​truefacts 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?
(Definition of enlighten from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enlighten" in American English

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enlightenverb [I/T]

 us   /ɪnˈlɑɪ·tən/
to ​cause someone to ​understand something by ​explaining it or by ​bringing new ​information or ​facts to that person’s ​attention: [I] The show is ​meant to both enlighten and ​entertain. [T] We ​hope the ​pamphlet will enlighten ​voters about the ​issues.
enlightening
adjective  us   /ɪnˈlɑɪ·tən·ɪŋ/
The ​discussion was enlightening.
(Definition of enlighten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “enlighten”
in Spanish aclarar, informar…
in Vietnamese khai sáng…
in Malaysian beritahu…
in Thai สอน…
in French éclairer (qqn sur qqch.)…
in German aufklären…
in Chinese (Simplified) 启发,启迪, 开导, 阐明…
in Turkish aydınlatmak, bilgi vermek, açıklık getirmek…
in Russian просвещать, осведомлять…
in Indonesian menjelaskan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 啓發,啓迪, 開導, 闡明…
in Polish oświecać, uświadamiać…
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