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Definition of Illuminate


  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.
  5. To light up in token or rejoicing.
  6. Enlightened.
  7. One who enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge.

Illuminate Quotations

I've trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likeable.
Will Smith

Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
Ambrose Bierce

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
Gore Vidal

Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.
Harvey Fierstein

For millions of women and men around the world, the playwright Eve Ensler is a beloved figure. She represents the epitome of the politically engaged artist, someone who uses her creative brilliance to illuminate injustice and give voice to the voiceless.
Jackson Katz
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Illuminate Translations

illuminate in Danish is oplyse
illuminate in Dutch is illumineren, verlichten
illuminate in French is enluminons, enluminer, enluminez, illuminer
illuminate in German is anstrahlen, erleuchten, beleuchten
illuminate in Italian is illuminare
illuminate in Latin is accendo
illuminate in Portuguese is ilumine
illuminate in Spanish is lucir, iluminar
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