Meaning of “enlighten” in the English Dictionary

"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 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?

(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.
adjective us /ɪnˈlɑɪ·tən·ɪŋ/

The discussion was enlightening.

(Definition of “enlighten” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)