American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To provide or brighten with light.
- v. To decorate or hang with lights.
- v. To make understandable; clarify: "Cleverly made attacks can . . . serve to illuminate important differences between candidates” ( New Republic).
- v. To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand.
- v. To endow with fame or splendor; celebrate.
- v. To adorn (a page of a book, for example) with ornamental designs, miniatures, or lettering in brilliant colors or precious metals.
- v. To expose to or reveal by radiation.
- v. To become lighted; glow.
- v. To provide intellectual or spiritual enlightenment and understanding: "Once you decide to titillate instead of illuminate, you're on a slippery slope” ( Bill Moyers).
- v. To be exposed to or revealed by radiation.
- n. One who has or professes to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give light to; light up.
- To light up profusely; decorate with many lights, as for festivity, triumph, or homage: as, to illuminate one's house and grounds; the city was illuminated in honor of the victory.
- To enlighten; inform; impart intellectual or moral light to.
- To throw light upon; make luminous or clear; illustrate or elucidate.
- To decorate in color by hand; adorn with pictures, ornamental letters, designs, etc., in colors, gold, silver, etc., in flat tints, especially without shading, or with merely conventional shading: as, the illuminated missals or manuscripts of the middle ages.
- To display a profusion of lights, in order to express joy, triumph, etc.
- Enlightened; illuminated.
- Decorated with or as with colored pictures.
- n. One who makes pretension to extraordinary light and knowledge. See illuminati.
- v. transitive to shine light on something
- v. transitive to decorate something with lights
- v. transitive to clarify or make something understandable
- v. transitive to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs
- v. transitive, figuratively To make spectacular
- v. intransitive to glow
- v. intransitive to be exposed to light
- n. Someone thought to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten.
- v. To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.
- v. 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.
- v. To make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate.
- v. To light up in token or rejoicing.
- adj. Enlightened.
- n. One who is enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge.
- v. add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
- v. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
- v. make lighter or brighter
- From Middle English illuminaten, originally from Latin illūminātum, supine of illūminō ("lighten, light up, show off"), from in + lūminō ("light up"), from lūmen ("light"). Cognate with Old English lȳman ("to glow, shine"). More at leam. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English illuminaten, from Latin illūmināre, illūmināt- : in-, in; see in-2 + lūmināre, to light up (from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He continues by breaking down UxD, examining how each element implied in the title illuminate his hypothesis - that the ephemeral and insubstantial”
“What this article has tried to illuminate is a dual condition in which psychology — in a piecemeal way in the course of the early part of the nineteenth century — is emerging as an empirical science for the study of the individual mind, but is also at this point becoming a new forum for a humanist metaphysics of the individual.”
“The average person sees more news in a day than they saw in a year 10 years ago," says Richard Buck, CEO and co-founder at Eluma (a variation of the word illuminate), which offers a new personal web organizer to handle the growing problem of information overload.”
“It does not seek to "illuminate" the frauds or the problems that arise from endemic mortgage fraud.”
“This problem is typically ignored -- at least by the financial sector and the mainstream media -- so we did "illuminate" the problem and the cause of action borrowers could bring for "fraud in the inducement.”
“So, the author argues that phosphorus is needed by the Zionist (Israeli) army to "illuminate" the field.”
“What about all the latest geo-thermal sensing equipment their American friends have been supplying, can't you "illuminate" the path with them?”
“I can tell you that a senior military official told us that there is a plan in place for some testimony to kind of illuminate members of Congress and the public, of course, on how all of this is going to work.”
“Can't it "illuminate" reality not by claiming to represent "today's world" but by delineating smaller pieces of it, or even by simply illustrating the power of human imagination and letting the "world" take care of itself?”
“It sounds like "hanging a lantern" would be a device the author uses to 'illuminate' a potential story flaw in order to deal with it and move on.”
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