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Illuminate in a Sentence

Examples of illuminate in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of illuminate, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(verb) - add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

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EXAMPLES - Illuminate in a Sentence

  1. Automated tiki torches illuminate the ocean and beach. (source)
  2. They have to bring in lights to illuminate for the cameras. (source)
  3. To get some grasp of the son might even illuminate the father. (source)
  4. I'll leave it to the related Welsh blog round-up to illuminate you. (source)
  5. - click on energy while Noreia is active, she writes down "illuminate" (source)
  6. There was this distant light to illuminate the gloom of the immediate future. (source)
  7. The trial's defenders say more data is needed to illuminate the risk from each drug. (source)
  8. Examples of Bach and Alberto Ginastera are also played to illuminate musical concepts. (source)
  9. Enough light from the stars filtered through the clouds to illuminate their way, though very dimly. (source)
  10. More than 1,000 temporary light posts have been erected to illuminate the unusual, night-time stage. (source)
  11. So, the author argues that phosphorus is needed by the Zionist (Israeli) army to "illuminate" the field. (source)
  12. Pieces like "White Slavery" and "Opium" playfully illuminate the roles of sinners and do-gooders back in the day. (source)
  13. As you do, invite God to spend time with you and illuminate your mind, showing you how to avoid them in the future. (source)
  14. It's an exhibit that's sure to spark debate as much as illuminate with its breath of art including Duchamp's mini-urinal. (source)
  15. The pale reach of a streetlamp was sufficient to illuminate the sad tableau: his note, the single shoe, the balls of dust. (source)
  16. For the rest, he said there was enough power in the converter to illuminate an entire house, besides running the car engine. (source)
  17. Didsbury is a writer whose historical imagination and linguistic awareness illuminate a poetry of unusual reach and resonance. (source)
  18. The addition of forward projection can illuminate where you want to get to and cast light on a sustainable, 12-year portfolio career. (source)
  19. Whereas USF strives to "illuminate" entire areas in a manner that practically anyone in those areas can acquire his / her own connection. (source)
  20. What about all the latest geo-thermal sensing equipment their American friends have been supplying, can't you "illuminate" the path with them? (source)
  21. It sounds like "hanging a lantern" would be a device the author uses to 'illuminate' a potential story flaw in order to deal with it and move on. (source)
  22. He continues by breaking down UxD, examining how each element implied in the title illuminate his hypothesis - that the ephemeral and insubstantial (source)
  23. These results can also illuminate why, in Chapter 14, we saw that some religious groups are viewed unfavorably, specifically Muslims, Buddhists, and Mormons. (source)
  24. Yet there are many other examples of ethnic and religious overlap, some perhaps not so expected, that serve to illuminate the themes discussed further in this chapter. (source)
  25. The interpretation of the charts and graphs is not complex in most cases, and we hope that this chapter has helped to illuminate the simplicity of tracking fitness changes. (source)
  26. Efforts by Dell and company founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell to settle SEC investigations may help illuminate what role rebates from chip firm Intel played in the finances of the computer maker. (source)
  27. I can tell you that a senior military official told us that there is a plan in place for some testimony to kind of illuminate members of Congress and the public, of course, on how all of this is going to work. (source)
  28. Can't it "illuminate" reality not by claiming to represent "today's world" but by delineating smaller pieces of it, or even by simply illustrating the power of human imagination and letting the "world" take care of itself? (source)
  29. In as much as conflicting accounts can allow, this report from the Ohio campaign trail is intended to illuminate Ohio voters amidst a local political dust-up, and also satisfy onlookers observing the cultural sensitivities of Southern Ohio. (source)
  30. Instead, their mesmerizing visual and rhetorical patterns urge readers to "illuminate" (or "retroactivate") a past that has not yet been lived and experienced precisely because it was occluded from vision by the dullness of empirical memory and repressed sensuality. (source)
  31. Their personal histories, both what they share with others and what is kept inside their heads for our perusal alone, illuminate further each character's distinct personality as well as the core of human emotions and desires shared among them all - and all of us readers. (source)
  32. Scoring is limited to a handful of goals in each game, and unlike baseball, say, there's no box score to summarize individual contributions or illuminate the impact of players who win the ball from opponents or set up successful strikes with essential but far-from-glamorous passes. (source)
  33. What about going through whatever steps, whatever practices, whatever processes that would enable us to know ourselves completely, that would allow us to penetrate whatever obscurations, delusions, and dark corners we might have and illuminate our most authentic being completely and fully? (source)
  34. To be clear, let me repeat the point is not to draw a one-to-one equivalence between Matthew's exclusion and global atrocities, but to illuminate how this poisonous attitude has infected American society across the board, from our approach to abstract policies right down to the neighborhood level. (source)
  35. Eventually Collingwood, unable to maintain his puritan self-denial any longer, aimed a mighty legside heave at Shakib Al Hasan and top-edged a catch to the substitute wicketkeeper, Junaid Siddique, to bring to a close a colourless 33 that contained a single boundary to help illuminate the proceedings. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "illuminate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 17 synonyms for illuminate.

brighten, fire, flash, floodlight, highlight, hit with a light, ignite, illume, illumine, irradiate, kindle, light, light up, lighten, limelight, spot, spotlight


We have 8 antonyms for illuminate.

cloud, complicate, darken, dull, extinguish, involve, obscure, put out


Pronunciation: (ĭ-lo͞oˈmə-nātˌ)

Syllabification: il-lu-mi-nate


View up to 25 definitions of illuminate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (verb-transitive) To provide or brighten with light.
  2. (verb-transitive) To decorate or hang with lights.
  3. (verb-transitive) To make understandable; clarify: "Cleverly made attacks can . . . serve to illuminate important differences between candidates” ( New Republic).
  4. (verb-transitive) To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand.
  5. (verb-transitive) To endow with fame or splendor; celebrate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (verb) to shine light on something
  2. (verb) to decorate something with lights
  3. (verb) to clarify or make something understandable
  4. (verb) to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs
  5. (verb) To make spectacular

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (verb-transitive) To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten.
  2. (verb-transitive) To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.
  3. (verb-transitive) To adorn, as a book or page with borders, initial letters, or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in manuscripts of the Middle Ages.
  4. (verb-transitive) To make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate.
  5. (verb-intransitive) To light up in token or rejoicing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) To give light to; light up.
  2. (None) To light up profusely; decorate with many lights, as for festivity, triumph, or homage: as, to illuminate one's house and grounds; the city was illuminated in honor of the victory.
  3. (None) To enlighten; inform; impart intellectual or moral light to.
  4. (None) To throw light upon; make luminous or clear; illustrate or elucidate.
  5. (None) To decorate in color by hand; adorn with pictures, ornamental letters, designs, etc., in colors, gold, silver, etc., in flat tints, especially without shading, or with merely conventional shading: as, the illuminated missals or manuscripts of the middle ages.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (verb) add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
  2. (verb) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
  3. (verb) make lighter or brighter