- vt. 阐明，说明；照亮；使灿烂；用灯装饰
- vi. 照亮
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- illuminate:  Etymologically, illuminate is a parallel construction to enlighten. It was formed in the late Latin period from the prefix in- and lūmen ‘light’ (source of English luminous). The past participle of the resulting illumināre gave English illuminate. The medieval-sounding sense ‘illustrate manuscripts’ is actually quite recent, replacing in the 18th century the parallel formation enlumine, acquired by English in the 14th century via Old French enluminer from medieval Latin inlūmināre. Illumine  came via Old French illuminer. Illustrate is closely related.
=> illustrate, luminous
- illuminate (v.)
- c. 1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination, or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.
- 1. Our interesting teacher could illuminate almost any subject we studied.
- 2. We illuminate the enemy plane with searchlights in order to shoot at it.
- 3. They use games and drawings to illuminate their subject.
- 4. Intelligent guessing saves time but even wrong guesses illuminate the problem.
- 5. Tom squeezed his small body behind it in order to illuminate it for Becky's gratification.
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