HyperDic: enlighten

English > 3 senses of the word enlighten:
VERBcommunicationenlighten, edifymake understand
communicationenlighten, irradiategive spiritual insight to
cognitionenlighten, clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, illuminate, elucidatemake free from confusion / confusion or ambiguity
enlighten > pronunciation
Soundsehnlay'tahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > enlighten: 3 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmake understand.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
ModelThe performance is likely to enlighten Sue
Example"Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"
Synonymedify
Broaderteach, learn, instructImpart skills or knowledge to
Spanishaclarar, explicar, iluminar, ilustrar
Catalanaclarir, il·lustrar
Nounsenlightenmenteducation that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
English > enlighten: 3 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningGive spiritual insight to; in religion.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymirradiate
Broaderprophesy, vaticinatepredict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
English > enlighten: 3 senses > verb 3, cognition
Meaningmake free from confusion / confusion or ambiguity; make clear.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsclear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, illuminate, elucidate
Broaderclarify, clear up, elucidatemake clear and (more) comprehensible
Spanishaclarar, clarificar, cristalizar, dilucidar, esclarecer, explicar
Catalandilucidar, esclarir

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