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verb [transitive] formal illuminate pronunciation in British English /ɪˈluːmɪneɪt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleilluminating
past tenseilluminated
past participleilluminated
  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.

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    Synonyms and related words for this sense of illuminate
    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.

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