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illuminate (v.)

c. 1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare "light up, make light, illuminate." Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material by hand with gold, silver, or bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating; illuminable.

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Definitions of illuminate from WordNet

illuminate (v.)
make lighter or brighter;
Synonyms: light / illume / illumine / light up
illuminate (v.)
make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear;
Synonyms: clear / clear up / shed light on / crystallize / crystallise / crystalize / crystalise / straighten out / sort out / enlighten / elucidate
illuminate (v.)
add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts);
From wordnet.princeton.edu