What are some alternative words for illuminate?

Synonyms for illuminate
ɪˈlu məˌneɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. light, illume, illumine, light up, illuminate(verb)

    make lighter or brighter

    "This lamp lightens the room a bit"

    Synonyms:
    brighten, fire up, enlighten, get down, crystalize, clear up, ignite, shed light on, illumine, dismount, perch, sort out, clear, get off, elucidate, alight, crystallise, light up, straighten out, fall, light, crystallize, unhorse, crystalise, illume

  2. 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, enlighten, sack, authorize, assoil, irradiate, shed light on, finish up, crystalise, see the light, 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

  3. illuminate(verb)

    add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

    Synonyms:
    crystallise, clear up, shed light on, sort out, crystalise, light up, crystalize, enlighten, illumine, light, straighten out, elucidate, crystallize, illume, clear

Wiktionary

  1. illuminate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  2. illuminate(verb)

    to shine light on something

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  3. illuminate(verb)

    to decorate something with lights

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  4. illuminate(verb)

    to clarify or make something understandable

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  5. illuminate(verb)

    to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  6. illuminate(verb)

    To make spectacular

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  7. illuminate(verb)

    to glow

    Synonyms:
    illumine

  8. illuminate(verb)

    to be exposed to light

    Synonyms:
    illumine

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. illuminate

    Synonyms:
    lighten, enlighten, emblazon, irradiate

    Antonyms:
    darken, obscure, bedim

Editors Contribution

  1. luminous

    Submitted by anonymous on October 5, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. illuminate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    enlighten, illumine, illume, supply with light

  2. illuminate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    adorn with lights (as a building), light up

  3. illuminate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    adorn with colored letters

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "illuminate":

    enlighten, inform, brighten

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How to use illuminate in a sentence?

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    True friends are like the shining Sun in the midst of storm, in my view. They brighten and illuminate your life, and often bring happiness to you, just like the rays of Sun creating a magnificent rainbow during a severe storm. Sometimes you need a storm in order to see and appreciate the divine beauty of a rainbow.

  2. James Garvin:

    You could use a constellation of cubesats that would light up at a certain time, if you flew thousands of them in the same formation that could illuminate every 90 minutes in low earth orbit.

  3. Damian Real:

    Basically what it does is that it has a central part, LED lights which are lit all the time. When the cyclist moves to the left it activates the indicator on the left side. When the right arm is moved it activates the indicator on the right side. This system has two forms, one which is prevention and to illuminate and the other is an alert system. This system connects to mobile phone sensors so that when there is a change in acceleration it sends those registered details that there is a change in acceleration and probably an accident and a location where the cyclist can be found. So it has two things, firstly prevention and the other is an alert system in case of an accident.

  4. Renae A. Sauter:

    No one knows while experiencing their darkest hour that some day they may use that very experience to illuminate the ways for others. Nothing is ever wasted

  5. Richard Cochinos:

    In addition, the minutes should help illuminate exactly what 'international considerations' means.


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