[ 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.

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 enlightened (1 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈlaɪtənd) /


factually well-informed, tolerant of alternative opinions, and guided by rational thoughtan enlightened administration; enlightened self-interest
privy to or claiming a sense of spiritual or religious revelation of truththe search for an enlightened spiritual master

British Dictionary definitions for enlightened (2 of 2)


/ (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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