enlightening


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en·light·en

 (ĕn-līt′n)
tr.v. en·light·ened, en·light·en·ing, en·light·ens
1. To give spiritual or intellectual insight to: "Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day" (Thomas Jefferson).
2. To give information to; inform or instruct.

en·light′en·er n.
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Adj.1.enlightening - tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance; "an enlightening glimpse of government in action"; "an illuminating lecture"
unenlightening, unilluminating - failing to inform or clarify; "an unenlightening comment"
2.enlightening - enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement; "the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"
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enlightening

adjective
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Translations

enlightening

[ɪnˈlaɪtnɪŋ] ADJinformativo; [experience etc] → instructivo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

enlightening

[ɪnˈlaɪtənɪŋ] adj [experience, conversation, book] → instructif/ive
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

enlightening

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enlightening

[ɪnˈlaɪtnɪŋ] adjistruttivo/a
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References in classic literature ?
But like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained no seeming ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of enlightening his untutored countrymen.
Alana Maxwell and Brenda Murray, representatives of Bumblebee Babies, gave an "enlightening talk"to members of the Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands Rotary Club.
'I'll file a counterpart,' Sotto said in a text message on Tuesday, noting that DOF Undersecretary Karl Chua's explanation of the measure's benefits were 'very enlightening.'
Dubai: The National Anti-Doping Committee (Nado) and the UAE National Olympic Committee (UAE NOC) organised a course for enlightening athletes from the country on the various anti-doping programmes.
Perhaps this could be the focus of a more enlightening future article by your editor.
At the meeting, the scholars briefed Saleh on efforts and activities made by scholars in order to spread moderation and to carry out religious and national duty in enlightening people, especially youth, about their religion and immunizing them from all negative phenomena and behaviors that harm them and the country.
09, 2010, SPA -- Security enlightening TV messages, produced by the Saudi Public Security, today won first place at the Security Films Contest, organized by the Secretariat General of the Arab Interior Council.