Definitions for: Illuminate

[v] make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
[v] make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
[v] paint, as of medieval manuscripts

Webster (1913) Definition: Il*lu"mi*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Illuminated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Illuminating.] [L. illuminatus, p. p. of
illuminare; pref. il- in + luminare to enlighten, fr. lumen
light. See Luminous, and cf. Illume, Illumine,
Enlimn, Limn.]
1. To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light,
literally or figuratively; to brighten.

2. To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a
building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.

3. To adorn, as a book or page with borders, initial letters,
or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in
manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

4. To make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by
knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate; as, to
illuminate a text, a problem, or a duty.

Il*lu"mi*nate, v. i.
To light up in token or rejoicing.

Il*lu"mi*nate, a. [L. illuminatus, p. p.]
Enlightened. --Bp. Hall.

Il*lu"mi*nate, n.
One who enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light
and knowledge.

Synonyms: clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illume, illumine, light, light up, shed light on, sort out, straighten out

See Also: adorn, beautify, clarify, decorate, embellish, floodlight, grace, lighten, lighten up, miniate, ornament, paint, rubricate, spotlight

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