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il·lu·mi·nate

 (ĭ-lo͞o′mə-nāt′)
tr.v. il·lu·mi·nat·ed, il·lu·mi·nat·ing, il·lu·mi·nates
1. To provide or brighten with light.
2. To decorate or hang with lights.
3.
a. To make understandable; clarify: "Cleverly made attacks can ... serve to illuminate important differences between candidates" (New Republic).
b. To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand: "I greatly misdoubt the accuracy of this ... Can you illuminate me?" (Charles Darwin).
4. To adorn (a page of a book, for example) with ornamental designs, images, or lettering in brilliant colors or precious metals.
5. To expose to or reveal by radiation.
n. (-nĭt)
One who has or professes to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.

[Middle English illuminaten, from Latin illūmināre, illūmināt- : in-, in; see in-2 + lūmināre, to light up (from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]

il·lu′mi·nat′ing·ly adv.

illuminate

vb
1. (tr) to throw light in or into; light up: to illuminate a room.
2. (tr) to make easily understood; clarify
3. to adorn, decorate, or be decorated with lights
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to decorate (a letter, page, etc) by the application of colours, gold, or silver
5. (intr) to become lighted up
adj
archaic made clear or bright with light; illuminated
n
a person who has or claims to have special enlightenment
[C16: from Latin illūmināre to light up, from lūmen light]
ilˈluminative adj
ilˈlumiˌnator n

il•lu•mi•nate

(ɪˈlu məˌneɪt)

v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing. v.t.
1. to supply or brighten with light; light up.
2. to make lucid; clarify.
3. to decorate with lights.
4. to enlighten.
5. to make resplendent: A smile illuminated her face.
6. to decorate (a manuscript or book) with colors and gold or silver.
v.i.
7. to display lights, as in celebration.
8. to become illuminated.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin illūminātus, past participle of illūmināre=il- il-1 + lūmināre, v. derivative of lūmen light]
il•lu′mi•nat`ing•ly, adv.

illuminate

Directing radar energy at an aircraft or surface vessel sufficient to obtain radar targeting information (fire control solution).

illuminate


Past participle: illuminated
Gerund: illuminating

Imperative
illuminate
illuminate
Present
I illuminate
you illuminate
he/she/it illuminates
we illuminate
you illuminate
they illuminate
Preterite
I illuminated
you illuminated
he/she/it illuminated
we illuminated
you illuminated
they illuminated
Present Continuous
I am illuminating
you are illuminating
he/she/it is illuminating
we are illuminating
you are illuminating
they are illuminating
Present Perfect
I have illuminated
you have illuminated
he/she/it has illuminated
we have illuminated
you have illuminated
they have illuminated
Past Continuous
I was illuminating
you were illuminating
he/she/it was illuminating
we were illuminating
you were illuminating
they were illuminating
Past Perfect
I had illuminated
you had illuminated
he/she/it had illuminated
we had illuminated
you had illuminated
they had illuminated
Future
I will illuminate
you will illuminate
he/she/it will illuminate
we will illuminate
you will illuminate
they will illuminate
Future Perfect
I will have illuminated
you will have illuminated
he/she/it will have illuminated
we will have illuminated
you will have illuminated
they will have illuminated
Future Continuous
I will be illuminating
you will be illuminating
he/she/it will be illuminating
we will be illuminating
you will be illuminating
they will be illuminating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been illuminating
you have been illuminating
he/she/it has been illuminating
we have been illuminating
you have been illuminating
they have been illuminating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been illuminating
you will have been illuminating
he/she/it will have been illuminating
we will have been illuminating
you will have been illuminating
they will have been illuminating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been illuminating
you had been illuminating
he/she/it had been illuminating
we had been illuminating
you had been illuminating
they had been illuminating
Conditional
I would illuminate
you would illuminate
he/she/it would illuminate
we would illuminate
you would illuminate
they would illuminate
Past Conditional
I would have illuminated
you would have illuminated
he/she/it would have illuminated
we would have illuminated
you would have illuminated
they would have illuminated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.illuminate - make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
lighten up, lighten - become lighter; "The room lightened up"
floodlight - illuminate with floodlights
spotlight - illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater
2.illuminate - make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
3.illuminate - add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
artistic creation, artistic production, art - 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"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
miniate, rubricate - decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red; "In this beautiful book, all the place names are rubricated"

illuminate

verb
1. light up, light, brighten, irradiate, illumine (literary) No streetlights illuminate the street.
light up obscure, dim, overshadow, darken, black out, shade, overcast
2. explain, interpret, make clear, clarify, clear up, enlighten, shed light on, elucidate, explicate, give insight into The instructors use games to illuminate the subject.
explain obscure, cloud, veil, obfuscate, befog
3. decorate, illustrate, adorn, ornament medieval illuminated manuscripts

illuminate

verb
1. To provide, cover, or fill with light:
2. To make clear or clearer:
Idiom: shed light on (or upon).
3. To enable (one) to understand, especially in a spiritual sense:
Translations
يُضيء بالأنْوار
osvětlit
belyseoplyse
lÿsa; uppljóma
iliuminacijosiliuminuotiiliustruotaspadedantis išsiaiškinti
apgaismotizskaidrot
razsvetliti
aydınlatmak

illuminate

[ɪˈluːmɪneɪt] VT
1. (= light up) [+ room, building] → iluminar; [+ street] → iluminar, alumbrar
the castle is illuminated in summeren verano el castillo está iluminado
illuminated signletrero m luminoso
2. (= clarify) [+ problem, question] → aclarar, echar luz sobre
3. (= enlighten) [+ person] → iluminar
4. (Art) illuminated manuscriptmanuscrito m iluminado

illuminate

[ɪˈluːmɪneɪt] vt
[+ room, street] → éclairer
[+ building] → illuminer
(fig) (= shed light on) → éclairer

illuminate

vt
(= light up) room, buildingerhellen, erleuchten, beleuchten; skyerleuchten; (spotlight etc)anstrahlen; (= decorate with lights)festlich beleuchten, illuminieren; illuminated signLeuchtzeichen nt
(Art) manuscriptilluminieren; illuminated letters(verzierte) Initialen pl
(fig) subjecterhellen, erläutern

illuminate

[ɪˈluːmɪˌneɪt] vt (light up) → illuminare (fig) (problem, question) → chiarire

illuminate

(iˈluːmineit) verb
to light up. The gardens were illuminated by rows of lamps.
ilˈluminated adjective
(of a manuscript) decorated with ornamental lettering or illustrations.
ilˈluminating adjective
helping to make something clear. an illuminating discussion.
ilˌlumiˈnation noun
1. the act of illuminating.
2. (in plural) the decorative lights in a town etc. Go to Blackpool and see the illuminations.
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