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ENLIGHTEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enlighten mean? 

ENLIGHTEN (verb)
  The verb ENLIGHTEN has 3 senses:

1. make understand
2. give spiritual insight to; in religion
3. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

  Familiarity information: ENLIGHTEN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENLIGHTEN (verb)


Sense 1enlighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make understand

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

edify; enlighten

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "enlighten" is one way to...):

instruct; learn; teach (impart skills or knowledge to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to enlighten Sue


Sense 2enlighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give spiritual insight to; in religion

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

irradiate; enlighten

Hypernyms (to "enlighten" is one way to...):

prophesy; vaticinate (predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3enlighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shed light on; crystalise; crystalize; crystallise; illuminate; elucidate; crystallize; sort out; enlighten; straighten out; clear up; clear

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "enlighten" is one way to...):

clarify; clear up; elucidate (make clear and (more) comprehensible)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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