enlighten

[ en-lahyt-n ]
/ ɛnˈlaɪt n /

verb (used with object)

to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to: We hope the results of our research will enlighten our colleagues.
Archaic. to shed light upon.

Nearby words

  1. enl.,
  2. enlace,
  3. enlarge,
  4. enlargement,
  5. enlarger,
  6. enlightened,
  7. enlightenment,
  8. enlil,
  9. enlist,
  10. enlisted

Origin of enlighten

First recorded in 1350–1400, enlighten is from the Middle English word enli(g)htenen. See en-1, lighten1

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British Dictionary definitions for enlighten

enlighten

/ (ɪnˈlaɪtən) /

verb (tr)

to give information or understanding to; instruct; edify
to free from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition
to give spiritual or religious revelation to
poetic to shed light on
Derived Formsenlightener, nounenlightening, adjective

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Word Origin and History for enlighten

enlighten

v.

late 14c., "to remove the dimness or blindness (usually figurative) from one's eyes or heart;" see en- (1) + lighten. Old English had inlihtan. Related: Enlightened; enlightening.

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