illuminate illuminate  /ɪ ˈlu mɪ nɪt/


  1. (v) make lighter or brighter
  2. (v) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
  3. (v) add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

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  1. A driver behind a vehicle with LEDs instead of brake lights can act faster because LEDs illuminate faster.
  2. As the fire works illuminated the night sky, a cheer went up from the audience.
  3. We cannot be peevish just because this chemical can burn flesh for it does illuminate battlefields very well.


  1. Hello, Detroit! See city in a different light from a bicycle, by foot or funky bus

    More Detroit companies are doing interesting tours - food tours, obscure bar tours, music tours and heritage tours to illuminate the culturally rich side of the city.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. From the editor: Taking an in-depth look at St. Louis Bosnians

    We illuminate how Bosnians — who now number more than 70,000 in the region — have established strong bonds within the community
    on June 23, 2013     Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  3. Neymar, Balotelli Share Billing for Brazil-Italy

    COMMENTARY | Neymar and Mario Balotelli illuminate a stadium in Salvador, Bahia on Saturday. Brazil takes on Italy in their final group stage match of the Confederations Cup, and the loser likely lands a semifinal date with Spain. To this point, Brazil has appeared to be a better side in the competition than Italy, but the allure of this match is as much in watching the individual talents of ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "Blairite : is a lazy and inaccurate shorthand," Mr Clarke writes. "It is intended not to illuminate but to diminish, marginalise and insult : moreover, this misleading language damages the vital need for Labour to move on to new, post-Blair...
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: Charles Clarke Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. Waters explains: "This new production is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocence lost in the intervening years".
    on Apr 13, 2010 By: Roger Waters Source: CMU News-Blog (blog)

  3. "In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places our hearts, and found in them, too, a strange and terrible beauty: austere, elegant, enigmatic, haunting," Jack Nicholson said in presenting...
    on Jul 31, 2007 By: Jack Nicholson Source: Forbes

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languish languish
/ˈlæŋɡ wɪʃ /