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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


Entailpaint


Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production









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