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3 definitions found
 for enlighten
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Enlighten \En*light"en\, v. t. [Pref. en- + lighten: cf. AS.
     inl[imac]htan. Cf. Enlight.]
     1. To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun
        enlightens the earth.
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              His lightnings enlightened the world. --Ps. xcvii.
                                                    4.
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     2. To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the
        light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with
        increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the
        mind or understanding.
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              The conscience enlightened by the Word and Spirit of
              God.                                  --Trench.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  enlighten
      v 1: make understand; "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand
           this proposal" [syn: enlighten, edify]
      2: give spiritual insight to; in religion [syn: enlighten,
         irradiate]
      3: make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you
         clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at
         fault" [syn: clear, clear up, shed light on,
         crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise,
         straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate,
         elucidate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  158 Moby Thesaurus words for "enlighten":
     account for, acculturate, acquaint, advance, advertise,
     advertise of, advise, allegorize, ameliorate, amend, apprise,
     awaken, beacon, better, boost, break the spell, brief, brighten,
     brighten up, bring forward, bring word, broaden the mind,
     burst the bubble, catechize, civilize, clarify, clear up, coach,
     communicate, correct, counsel, crack, debunk, decipher,
     demonstrate, demythologize, direct, disabuse, disappoint, disclose,
     disenchant, disillude, disillusion, disillusionize, edify, educate,
     elevate, elucidate, emend, enhance, enrich, euhemerize, exemplify,
     explain, explain away, explicate, expose, exposit, expound,
     familiarize, fatten, favor, flood with light, floodlight, forward,
     foster, give instruction, give lessons in, give notice,
     give reason for, give the facts, give the meaning, give word,
     go straight, ground, guide, highlight, illume, illuminate,
     illumine, illustrate, improve, improve upon, inform, instruct,
     irradiate, lard, leave word, let down easy, let in on, let know,
     lift, light, light up, lighten, luminate, make an improvement,
     make clear, make plain, meliorate, mend, mention to, notify,
     nurture, open the eyes, overshine, popularize, prick the bubble,
     promote, put straight, raise, rationalize, reeducate, refine upon,
     reform, relume, relumine, report, school, send word, serve notice,
     set right, set straight, sharpen the wits, shed light upon,
     shine upon, show, show how, show the way, show up, simplify,
     socialize, solve, speak, spell out, spotlight, straighten out,
     teach, teach a lesson, teach the rudiments, tell, tell the truth,
     throw light upon, train, transfigure, transform, tutor,
     unblindfold, uncharm, undeceive, unfold, unlock, unravel, unspell,
     upgrade, uplift, verse, wake up
  
  

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