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illuminating

[ ih-loo-muh-ney-ting ]
/ ɪˈlu məˌneɪ tɪŋ /
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adjective
giving or casting light.
informative; enlightening.
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Origin of illuminating

First recorded in 1555–65; illuminat(e) + -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
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How to use illuminating in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for illuminating

illuminating
/ (ɪˈluːmɪˌneɪtɪŋ) /

adjective
serving to inform or clarify; instructive

Derived forms of illuminating

illuminatingly, adverb
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