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Definition of illuminate:

  1. Enlightened.
  2. One who enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge.
  3. To adorn, as a book or page with borders, initial letters, or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in manuscripts of the Middle Ages.
  4. To light up in token or rejoicing.
  5. To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.
  6. To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten.
  7. To make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate; as, to illuminate a text, a problem, or a duty.

Synonyms:

get off, neaten, acquit, discipline, classify, discharge, crystalize, disentangle, clarify, straighten out, get down, tidy up, class, finish up, authorise, net, authorize, perch, wrap up, straighten, reform, light, finish off, iron out, sort, dismount, unhorse, top, illustrate, clean up, illume, elucidate, teach, light up, clear up, take in, fall, sort out, effloresce, tidy, pull in, interpret, clear, trim, realize, correct, illumine, ignite, assort, unclutter, mop up, make, polish off, fire up, put right, get through, sack, enlighten, pass, decorate, alight, irradiate, edify, crystallise, explain, separate, ornament, solve, see the light, assoil, unsnarl, crystallize, exonerate, crystalise, gain, earn, shed light on, square away, sack up, exculpate, realise, bring in.

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