Illuminate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈluːmɪneɪt|  American pronunciation of the word illuminate
Brit.  |ɪˈl(j)uːmɪneɪt|  British pronunciation of the word illuminate


- make lighter or brighter (syn: illume, illumine, light)
- make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear (syn: clear, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten)
- add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)


the part of the moon illuminated by the sun

A university study has illuminated the problem.

A single candle illuminated his face.

At night the canals are beautifully illuminated.

The report illuminated the difficult issues at the heart of science policy.

The first London theatre to be illuminated with electricity was the Savoy.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: illuminate
he/she/it: illuminates
present participle: illuminating
past tense: illuminated
past participle: illuminated
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