Meaning of “illuminate” in the English Dictionary


"illuminate" in English

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illuminateverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈluː.mɪ.neɪt/ us /ɪˈluː.mə.neɪt/ formal

to light something and make it brighter:

The streets were illuminated with strings of coloured lights.

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 basic principles of economics.

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