UK [ɪˈluːmɪneɪt] / US [ɪˈlumɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "illuminate":
present tense I/you/we/they illuminate he/she/it illuminates present participle illuminating past tense illuminated past participle illuminated formal
a) 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.

b) to decorate something by putting or shining bright lights on it

By night the castle is beautifully illuminated.

2) to make something clear and easier to understand

His comments can illuminate aspects of a writer's work unforgettably.

English dictionary. 2014.


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