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See definition of illuminate on Dictionary.com
  • verbmake light
  • verbmake clear; educate

synonyms for illuminate

  • brighten
  • flash
  • highlight
  • light up
  • spotlight
  • fire
  • floodlight
  • ignite
  • illume
  • illumine
  • irradiate
  • kindle
  • light
  • lighten
  • spot
  • hit with a light
  • limelight
See also synonyms for: illuminated / illuminating / unilluminated
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antonyms for illuminate

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  • darken
  • dull
  • extinguish
  • put out
  • cloud
  • complicate
  • involve
  • obscure
  • confuse
  • mystify
  • obscure
  • dull
  • ruin
  • worsen
  • cloud
  • complicate
  • darken
  • involve
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How to use illuminate in a sentence

The beast stood immobile, glaring at us with yellow eyes in the winter dark and illuminated unevenly by Sergey’s light as our pace quickened.
THE QUEST TO SNARE—AND SAVE—THE WORLD’S LARGEST OWLJONATHAN SLAGHTAUGUST 28, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
What’s really interesting, though, are the fuzzy jets and streamers surrounding the comet, which are especially prominent when illuminated like this from behind.
THESE IMAGES EXPOSE THE DARK SIDE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM - ISSUE 89: THE DARK SIDECOREY S. POWELLAUGUST 26, 2020NAUTILUS
Even if nothing is actually decided at the conventions, they still shine a spotlight on the parties, illuminating emerging factions and up-and-coming politicians, setting the stage for — and creating — the future of each party.
WHY CONVENTIONS STILL MATTERJULIA AZARIAUGUST 17, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Visitors will enter through an illuminated maze, then be invited to contribute words from kiosks, after which an AI-powered algorithm will collect and parse them into poetry, and perhaps shoot them into outer space.
THE STORY BEHIND THE EIFFEL TOWER’S FORGOTTEN COMPETITORSFIONA ZUBLINAUGUST 10, 2020OZY
In the ocean’s depths, it might take more than a little light to illuminate some of the planet’s darkest fish.
SUPERBLACK FISH CAN DISAPPEAR IN THE DEEP SEA’S DARKNESSERIN GARCIA DE JESUSAUGUST 10, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
A Barclays report released last year illuminated a global education crisis where 6 of 10 children are not achieving minimum reading and math proficiency scores.
YOUR KIDS NEED A DOSE OF BILINGUAL CULTURE? HE CAN HELPNICK FOURIEZOSAUGUST 9, 2020OZY
In the depths of the ocean, it might take more than a little light to illuminate some of the planet’s darkest fish.
HOW SOME SUPERBLACK FISH DISAPPEAR INTO THE DARKNESS OF THE DEEP SEAERIN GARCIA DE JESUSJULY 16, 2020SCIENCE NEWS
We alone have the ability to make music and art that speak to our experiences or illuminate truths about our world.
AI IS GETTING MORE CREATIVE. BUT WHO SHOULD OWN THE ART IT PRODUCES?THOMAS FREUNDMAY 26, 2020SINGULARITY HUB 
Two many-branched candelabra, holding wax lights, brilliantly illuminate the game.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Great artists appear in clusters, and amid the other constellations that illuminate the intellectual heavens.
BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY, VOLUME IJOHN LORD
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WORDS RELATED TO ILLUMINATE

  • beam
  • burst out
  • coruscate
  • explode
  • fire
  • flame
  • flare
  • flash
  • flicker
  • fulgurate
  • glare
  • gleam
  • glow
  • illuminate
  • illumine
  • incandesce
  • jet
  • light
  • radiate
  • scintillate
  • shimmer
  • shine
  • sparkle
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