illuminating

[ ih-loo-muh-ney-ting ]
/ ɪˈlu məˌneɪ tɪŋ /

adjective

giving or casting light.
informative; enlightening.

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Origin of illuminating

First recorded in 1555–65; illuminate + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM illuminating

non·il·lu·mi·nat·ing, adjectivenon·il·lu·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbun·il·lu·mi·nat·ing, adjective

Definition for illuminating (2 of 2)

Origin of illuminate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for illuminating (1 of 2)

illuminating
/ (ɪˈluːmɪˌneɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

serving to inform or clarify; instructive

Derived forms of illuminating

illuminatingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for illuminating (2 of 2)

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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