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verb [transitive] formal American English pronunciation: illuminate /ɪˈlumɪˌneɪt/ 
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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.

  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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a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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