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English verb: enlighten

1. enlighten (communication) make understand

SamplesCan you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to enlighten Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach

2. enlighten (communication) give spiritual insight to; in religion


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)prophesy, vaticinate

3. enlighten (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, illuminate, shed light on, sort out, straighten out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

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