illuminate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “illuminate” in the English Dictionary

"illuminate" in British English

See all translations

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)

"illuminate" in American English

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of illuminate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day