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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


Synonymsedify


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


Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach

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


Synonymsirradiate


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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