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illuminate

verb

1 illuminate

Make lighter or brighter.

synonyms: illume, illumine, light, light up.

Roget 420: shine, glow, glitter; glister, glisten; twinkle, gleam; flare, flare up; glare, beam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, ... show more

Roget 428: color, dye, tinge, stain, tint, tinct, paint, wash, ingrain, grain, illuminate, emblazon, bedizen, imbue; ... show more

Roget 847: ornament, embellish, enrich, decorate, adorn, bead, beautify, adonize.    smarten, furbish, polish, gild, varnish, whitewash, ... show more

Dutch: lichten, schijnen, verlichten



2 illuminate

Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear.

synonyms: clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, shed light on, sort out ... show more.

Dutch: verstaanbaar, begrijpelijk, helder, duidelijk, verklaren, verduidelijken, onderrichten

3 illuminate

Add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts).

Dutch: verluchtigen, belichten, verlichten, illumineren


Roget 423: illuminate etc. (light) 420.   

Moby thesaurus: account for, adorn, affect, allegorize, apply paint, beacon, bead, bedaub, bedizen, begild, bejewel, beribbon, besmear, bespangle, betoken, better, brandish, breathe, brighten, brighten up ... show more.

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