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verb [transitive] formal illuminate pronunciation in British English /ɪˈluːmɪneɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleilluminating
past tenseilluminated
past participleilluminated
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  1. 1
    to make a place bright with light, or to shine a light on something
    Brilliant sunshine illuminated the scene.
    Her face was dimly illuminated by the reading lamp beside her.
    1. a.
      to decorate something by putting or shining bright lights on it
      By night the castle is beautifully illuminated.
  2. 2
    to make something clear and easier to understand
    His comments can illuminate aspects of a writer’s work unforgettably.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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