- giving or casting light.
- informative; enlightening.
Origin of illuminating
- to supply or brighten with light; light up.
- to make lucid or clear; throw light on (a subject).
- to decorate with lights, as in celebration.
- to enlighten, as with knowledge.
- to make resplendent or illustrious: A smile illuminated her face.
- to decorate (a manuscript, book, etc.) with colors and gold or silver, as was often done in the Middle Ages.
- to display lights, as in celebration.
- to become illuminated.
- Archaic. illuminated.
- Obsolete. enlightened.
- Archaic. a person who is or affects to be specially enlightened.
Origin of illuminate
SynonymsSee more synonyms for illuminate on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for illuminating
The deep truths resonated within my heart and soul, illuminating questions I had pondered over the years.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
The illuminating think tank was just another example of how PepsiCo continues to make sure its global reach counts.Food for Thought
September 18, 2014
On the easel sits a depiction of sun shining through trees, illuminating the grass below.This Is Where George W. Bush Paints
July 11, 2014
To see the adaptive benefits of depression, it helps to consider certain cruel but illuminating studies.How Depression Could Save Your Life
March 4, 2014
Reading Double Down and The Gamble side by side is both fascinating and illuminating.The Anti-‘Game Change’: ‘The Gamble’ Shows How Obama Really Won
November 8, 2013
Eva Allen's brother, who is an artist, is illuminating one for me.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Mr. Chase's reply to this illuminating disclosure was that he wanted to know.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
This pipe is to be connected to the illuminating gas supply.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
If you did, you would make some profound and illuminating mistakes.College Teaching
Of the illuminating quality there could be no doubt whatever.Notes on My Books
- serving to inform or clarify; instructive
- (tr) to throw light in or into; light upto illuminate a room
- (tr) to make easily understood; clarify
- to adorn, decorate, or be decorated with lights
- (tr) to decorate (a letter, page, etc) by the application of colours, gold, or silver
- (intr) to become lighted up
- archaic made clear or bright with light; illuminated
- a person who has or claims to have special enlightenment
Word Origin and History for illuminating
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.