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enlighten (v.)

late 14c., "to remove the dimness or blindness" (usually figurative, from one's eyes or heart); see en- (1) + lighten. From 1660s as "supply with intellectual light." Literal senses are later and less common in English: "put light in" is from 1580s; "shed light upon" is from 1610s. Related: Enlightened; enlightening. Old English had inlihtan "to illuminate, enlighten."

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Definitions of enlighten from WordNet

enlighten (v.)
make understand;
Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal
Synonyms: edify
enlighten (v.)
give spiritual insight to; in religion;
Synonyms: irradiate
enlighten (v.)
make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear;
Synonyms: clear / clear up / shed light on / crystallize / crystallise / crystalize / crystalise / straighten out / sort out / illuminate / elucidate
From wordnet.princeton.edu