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.

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Origin of enlighten

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

OTHER WORDS FROM enlighten

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British Dictionary definitions for enlightened (1 of 2)

enlightened
/ (ɪnˈlaɪtənd) /

adjective

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)

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 forms of enlighten

enlightener, nounenlightening, adjective
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