Meaning of “enlightened” in the English Dictionary

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"enlightened" in British English

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enlightenedadjective

uk /ɪnˈlaɪ.tənd/ us /ɪnˈlaɪ.t̬ənd/ approving

showing understanding, acting in a positive way, and not following old-fashioned or false beliefs:

The school has an enlightened policy of teaching boys to cook.
These days she's much more enlightened in her views on education.

knowing the truth about existence:

Buddha was an enlightened being.

(Definition of “enlightened” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enlightened" in American English

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enlightenedadjective

us /ɪnˈlɑɪ·tənd/

showing understanding and wisdom in dealing with others:

This company is an enlightened and reasonable employer.

Enlightened also means open to new ideas and facts based on reason and science rather than following old, false beliefs:

Every enlightened person rejects racism in all its forms.

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