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"enlighten" in British English

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enlightenverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪnˈlaɪ.tən/  us   /ɪnˈlaɪ.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)
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