[en-lahyt-n] /ɛnˈlaɪt n/

verb (used with object)
to give intellectual or spiritual to; instruct; impart knowledge to:
We hope the results of our research will enlighten our colleagues.
Archaic. to shed upon.
verb (transitive)
to give information or understanding to; instruct; edify
to free from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition
to give spiritual or religious revelation to
(poetic) to shed light on

late 14c., “to remove the dimness or blindness (usually figurative) from one’s eyes or heart;” see en- (1) + lighten. Old English had inlihtan. Related: Enlightened; enlightening.


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