Enlighten - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˈlaɪtn|  American pronunciation of the word enlighten
Brit.  |ɪnˈlʌɪt(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word enlighten
- make understand (syn: edify)
Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal
- give spiritual insight to; in religion (syn: irradiate)
- make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear (syn: clear, clear up, crystallize, elucidate, illuminate, sort out)

Examples

I don't understand what's going on; can someone please enlighten me?

...the lecturer at the planetarium enlightened us about the latest astronomical discoveries...

Baldwin enlightened her as to the nature of the experiment.

Would you enlighten me on your plans for the future?

Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: enlighten
he/she/it: enlightens
present participle: enlightening
past tense: enlightened
past participle: enlightened
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