verb (used with object), il·lu·mi·nat·ed, il·lu·mi·nat·ing.
verb (used without object), il·lu·mi·nat·ed, il·lu·mi·nat·ing.
Origin of illuminate
Examples from the Web for illuminate
These numbers portend to illuminate society-threatening failures within the current immigration enforcement system.Inside The Center For Immigration Studies, The Immigration False-Fact Think Tank|Caitlin Dickson|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reading them will illuminate your own life and make it better.What Sebastian Junger, Susan Orlean, and Others Are Reading This Fall|Byliner|November 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dispensing with some of the objections helps to illuminate this case.
She has chosen to share her story in order to illuminate the endemic problem of sexual violence in India.
Activists with flashlights should illuminate “vampires—foreign agents.”Russia Uses ‘Foreign Agent’ Ruse to Crack Down on Memorial & Other NGOs|Anna Nemtsova|November 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Place the lamp, which should give a clear, brilliant light, so as to illuminate the wood-work without giving strong shadows.
Next they illuminate as splendidly as they can, and pray for felicity towards some domestic idol.
All souls first illuminate the sky, and radiate from it their first and purest rays; the remainder is lit up by inferior powers.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2|Plotinos (Plotinus)
Such are some of the thoughts which gleam out the present Book and illuminate the whole Odyssey.Homer's Odyssey|Denton J. Snider
It was now quite dark, and the boys brought in the two oil lamps from the auto, as well as a lantern, to illuminate the place.The Motor Boys Across the Plains|Clarence Young
British Dictionary definitions for illuminate
adjective (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
noun (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
Word Origin for illuminate
Word Origin and History for illuminate
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.