illuminate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"illuminate" in British English

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illuminateverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪˈluː.mɪ.neɪt/ formal
to ​light something and make it ​brighter: The ​streets were illuminated with ​strings of ​colouredlights. to ​explain and show more ​clearly something that is ​difficult to ​understand: an ​article which illuminates the ​issues at ​stake
(Definition of illuminate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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illuminateverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈlu·məˌneɪt/
to put ​light in or on something: The ​buildings were illuminated at ​night. If you illuminate a ​subject, you ​explain it: This ​article illuminates the ​basicprinciples of ​economics.
(Definition of illuminate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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