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Definition 1: make lighter or brighter - [verb of change]

Samples where illuminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This lamp lightens the room a bit

Synonyms for illuminate in the sense of this definition

(illuminate is a kind of ...) become lighter

"The room lightened up"

(... is a kind of illuminate ) illuminate with floodlights

(... is a kind of illuminate ) illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater

Definition 2: make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear - [verb of cognition]

Samples where illuminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Could you clarify these remarks?
  • Clear up the question of who is at fault

Synonyms for illuminate in the sense of this definition

(illuminate is a kind of ...) make clear and (more) comprehensible

"clarify the mystery surrounding her death"

Definition 3: add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts) - [verb of creation]

(illuminate is a kind of ...) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

"Decorate the room for the party" "beautify yourself for the special day"

(... is a kind of illuminate ) decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red

"In this beautiful book, all the place names are rubricated"

(illuminate implies ...) make a painting of

"He painted his mistress many times"

(illuminate belongs to category ...) the creation of beautiful or significant things

"art does not need to be innovative to be good" "I was never any good at art" "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"

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