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en·light·en

enlighten

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn laI tn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: enlightens, enlightening, enlightened
definition: to give information or knowledge to.
She enlightened us about the lack of food in other countries.
synonyms:
illuminate
antonyms:
baffle, confuse
similar words:
advise, educate, inform, inspire, teach
derivation: enlightener (n.)
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The word enlighten contains the following parts:
en-1, em-1 Latin prefix that means to put into; cause to be or have
antonyms:
de-, dis-, un-
 
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.