illuminate ( 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.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
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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