illuminate VERB 1) light up. 2) help to clarify or explain. 3) decorate (a page or initial letter in a manuscript) with gold, silver, or coloured designs.
DERIVATIVES illuminative adjective illuminator noun.
ORIGIN Latin illuminare 'illuminate' , from lumen 'light' .

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