illuminate meaning, illuminate definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( illuminates    3rd person present)   ( illuminating    present participle)   ( illuminated    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   To illuminate something means to shine light on it and to make it brighter and more visible.  
FORMAL   No streetlights illuminated the street...      V n  
2       verb   If you illuminate something that is unclear or difficult to understand, you make it clearer by explaining it carefully or giving information about it.  
FORMAL   They use games and drawings to illuminate their subject.      V n  
  illuminating      adj   oft it v-link ADJ to-inf  
His autobiography provides an illuminating insight into his mind.     
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1    brighten, illumine     (literary)   irradiate, light, light up  
2    clarify, clear up, elucidate, enlighten, explain, explicate, give insight into, instruct, interpret, make clear, shed light on  
3    adorn, decorate, illustrate, ornament  
1    black out, darken, dim, obscure, overshadow  
2    befog, cloud, dull, obfuscate, overcast, shade, veil  

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