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English verb: illuminate

1. illuminate (change) make lighter or brighter

SamplesThis lamp lightens the room a bit.

Synonymsillume, illumine, light, light up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lighten, lighten up

Narrower (hyponym)floodlight, spotlight

2. illuminate (cognition) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

SamplesCould you clarify these remarks?.
Clear up the question of who is at fault.

Synonymsclear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, shed light on, sort out, straighten out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

3. illuminate (creation) add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

Narrower (hyponym)miniate, rubricate


Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

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