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il·lu·mi·nate

illuminate

 
 
pronunciation:
ih lu m neIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: illuminates, illuminating, illuminated
definition 1: to light up; make bright with light.
Lights illuminated the stage.
synonyms:
light
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
lighten
definition 2: to make clear or easier to understand; explain.
The teacher's example illuminated the math problem.
synonyms:
clarify, illustrate
similar words:
account, explain, expose, get across, reveal, uncover
definition 3: to give knowledge to; enlighten.
This book has illuminated many people on the importance of fighting against prejudice.
synonyms:
educate, enlighten, inform
similar words:
advise, awaken, elevate, enable, inspire, school
definition 4: to become lit up.
The sky illuminated with millions of stars.
synonyms:
light up
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
clear, lighten
derivations: illuminable (adj.), illuminative (adj.), illuminatingly (adv.), illuminator (n.)
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The word illuminate contains the following parts:
il-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix il-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with "l," such as "lum."
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luc, lum Latin root that means light; shine
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synonyms:
phot, photo
 
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).