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Dictionary Definition



1 make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit" [syn: light, illume, illumine, light up]
2 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, elucidate]
3 add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)

User Contributed Dictionary



From illuminaten, originally from illuminatum, supine of illumino.

Pronunciation 1

  • /ɪlˈlumɪneɪt/ or /ɪlˈluməneɪt/


  1. to shine light on something
  2. to decorate something with lights
  3. to clarify or make something understandable
  4. to decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs
  5. to glow
  6. to be exposed to light
to shine light on something (1)
to decorate something with lights (2)
to clarify or make something understandable (3)


Pronunciation 2

  • /ɪlˈlumɪnət/


  1. Someone thought to have an unusual degree of enlightenment.



illuminate p


  1. second person plural present tense of illuminare
  2. second person plural imperative of illuminare
  3. feminine plural past participle of illuminare

Extensive Definition

Illuminate is a German music group, formed in 1993 by Johannes Berthold.


  • Johannes Berthold - Vocals, Piano Keyboards, Programming, Bass Guitar
  • Jörn Langenfeld - Guitar
  • Matthias Kurth - Drums
  • Nathan Buxton - Triangle
  • Rachel Bryant - Ukulele

Support Members

  • Carmen R. Schäfer - Vocals
  • Sylvia Berthold - Vocals

Former Members

  • Conny Schindler - Vocals
  • Johannes Knees - Keyboards
  • Jevan Crittenden - Harpsichord


  • Verfall (1996)
  • Erinnerungen (1997)
  • Erwachen (1998)
  • Letzter Blick zurück (1999)
  • Ein neuer Tag (2000)
  • Kaltes Licht (2001)
  • 10 x 10 (2003)
  • Augenblicke (2004)
  • Zwei Seelen (2006)

External links

illuminate in German: Illuminate
illuminate in Russian: Illuminate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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