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Origin of illuminate

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin illūminātus (past participle of illūmināre to light up, brighten). See illumine, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM illuminate

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How to use illuminate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for illuminate

illuminate

verb (ɪˈluːmɪˌneɪt)
adjective (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
archaic made clear or bright with light; illuminated
noun (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
a person who has or claims to have special enlightenment

Derived forms of illuminate

illuminative, adjectiveilluminator, noun

Word Origin for illuminate

C16: from Latin illūmināre to light up, from lūmen light
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