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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 believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.
David Moranis

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

Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
Thomas Aquinas

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.
Paul Rand

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