illuminate


illuminate
verb
1 give light to sth
ADVERB
brightly, brilliantly, clearly
fully

With the room fully illuminated, they students were able to see what they were doing.

beautifully

The red glow of the sun beautifully illuminated the sky.

barely, dimly, faintly, partially, slightly, softly

The room was dimly illuminated by the soft glow of the lamp.

His face was slightly illuminated from the small lamp on his desk.

briefly
instantly, suddenly
2 make sth clear
ADVERB
greatly

an incident which greatly illuminated the problems we faced

VERB + ILLUMINATE
help (to)

The study of the present also helps to illuminate the past.

serve to

These confessions serve to illuminate his argument.

Illuminate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑beam, ↑candle, ↑flare, ↑flash, ↑headlights, ↑lamp, ↑light, ↑lightning, ↑moon, ↑moonlight
Illuminate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑aspect, ↑sky

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