- to supply or brighten with light; light up.
- to make lucid or clear; throw light on (a subject).
- to decorate with lights, as in celebration.
- to enlighten, as with knowledge.
- to make resplendent or illustrious: A smile illuminated her face.
- to decorate (a manuscript, book, etc.) with colors and gold or silver, as was often done in the Middle Ages.
- to display lights, as in celebration.
- to become illuminated.
- Archaic. illuminated.
- Obsolete. enlightened.
- Archaic. a person who is or affects to be specially enlightened.
Origin of illuminate
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Examples from the Web for illuminated
They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the frontlines of the fight for equality.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
The library in Williamsburg itself is illuminated with antique filament bulbs and everything inside is of the past or a nod to it.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
A moment ago the drawing-room had seemed empty; Mrs. Luke, in her sole person, filled and illuminated it.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
It has also illuminated its best hope for true freedom, real equality, and vital democracy.How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List
August 23, 2014
One doctor went to Venice Beach to find out—and illuminated tons of problems with the current state of legal weed.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
This illuminated the entire room, but in a partial and dismal manner.Way of the Lawless
The room had not been illuminated in years as it was that night.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
The news of Duncan's victory had been made public, and the house was not illuminated.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The hall was illuminated by tentaculites, and presented a brilliant appearance.
She has illuminated a Salvator on a little sheet, for which I gave her one fl.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- (tr) to throw light in or into; light upto illuminate a room
- (tr) to make easily understood; clarify
- to adorn, decorate, or be decorated with lights
- (tr) to decorate (a letter, page, etc) by the application of colours, gold, or silver
- (intr) to become lighted up
- archaic made clear or bright with light; illuminated
- a person who has or claims to have special enlightenment
Word Origin and History for illuminated
c.1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination, or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.