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Synonyms for enlighten
ɛnˈlaɪt n

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlighten, edify(verb)

    make understand

    "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"

    Synonyms:
    crystallise, clear up, irradiate, shed light on, illuminate, crystalize, crystalise, edify, straighten out, elucidate, crystallize, sort out, clear

  2. enlighten, irradiate(verb)

    give spiritual insight to; in religion

    Synonyms:
    crystallise, clear up, irradiate, shed light on, ray, illuminate, crystalize, crystalise, edify, straighten out, elucidate, crystallize, sort out, clear

  3. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate(verb)

    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

    "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"

    Synonyms:
    discharge, earn, take in, classify, elucidate, illumine, unsnarl, pull in, wrap up, sack, authorize, assoil, irradiate, shed light on, finish up, crystalise, see the light, illuminate, light up, light, crystalize, make, polish off, crystallise, sort, tidy, gain, illume, mop up, clarify, correct, realise, finish off, edify, solve, exculpate, assort, unclutter, class, put right, pass, neaten, square away, effloresce, clean up, discipline, acquit, brighten, reform, authorise, separate, crystallize, clear up, bring in, exonerate, straighten out, sack up, top, clear, sort out, tidy up, realize, iron out, disentangle, get through, straighten, net

Wiktionary

  1. enlighten(verb)

    Antonyms:
    endarken

  2. enlighten(verb)

    Antonyms:
    endarken

  3. enlighten(verb)

    Antonyms:
    endarken

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. enlighten

    To teach is simply to communicate knowledge; to instruct (originally, to build in or into, put in order) is to impart knowledge with special method and completeness; instruct has also an authoritative sense nearly equivalent to command. To educate is to draw out or develop harmoniously the mental powers, and, in the fullest sense, the moral powers as well. To train is to direct to a certain result powers already existing. Train is used in preference to educate when the reference is to the inferior animals or to the physical powers of man; as, to train a horse; to train the hand or eye. To discipline is to bring into habitual and complete subjection to authority; discipline is a severe word, and is often used as a euphemism for punish; to be thoroughly effective in war, soldiers must be disciplined as well as trained. To nurture is to furnish the care and sustenance necessary for physical, mental, and moral growth; nurture is a more tender and homelike word than educate. Compare EDUCATION.

    Synonyms:
    discipline, drill, educate, give instruction, give lessons, inculcate, indoctrinate, inform, initiate, instill, instruct, nurture, school, teach, train, tutor

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. enlighten

    Synonyms:
    illumine, edify, instruct, illuminate, inform, teach

    Antonyms:
    mislead, darken, confound, obscure, mystify, perplex

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. enlighten(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    illuminate, illume, illumine, irradiate, make light, make luminous, supply with light

  2. enlighten(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    instruct, inform, teach

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "enlighten":

    illuminate, inform

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How to use enlighten in a sentence?

  1. Cometan:

    There was an enlightenment in my mind, and too now, enlighten the world will I.

  2. Voltaire:

    True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.

  3. Hazrat Inayat Khan:

    The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.

  4. Tarrin Olson:

    I feel my perspective will be twisted if discussing the skewed video which cut out part of the incident. … If you would like to have a full normal interview about the displacement of European-Americans then I gladly am available to enlighten the public.

  5. Isaac Asimov:

    Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.


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