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 illuminates
We hope our film Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq illuminates the exceptional qualities of Tanny in dance and in life.The Tragic Downfall of Tanaquil Le Clercq, Ballet’s Greatest Muse|Nancy Buirski|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It irritates more than illuminates, partly because the characters and their motivations are all too familiar, almost typical.
In this important volume, Jacoby illuminates a mind worth celebrating and the story of a life well lived.
A new book by Irshad Manji illuminates the path of hope—offering faithful dissent against a suffocating orthodoxy.
The spotlight of fabulousness which illuminates Charlene rarely rests on Albert.
What illuminates a country like its scholarship, and what is the nest that hatches scholars but a library?Medical Essays|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The gaslight, streaming down on the table, illuminates the outline of "the great country."Alaska|Ella Higginson
Have you ever noticed the small bright spot which illuminates the centre of the shadow cast by a glass of water?Pharaoh's Broker|Ellsworth Douglass
It is an essay that any one can understand; it illuminates a ground where all kinds of people meet.The Critical Game|John Albert Macy
That is simply translated; the midday sun illuminates nothing.The Tracer of Lost Persons|Robert W. Chambers
adjective (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
noun (ɪˈluːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
Word Origin 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.