Synonyms of 'illuminate'
1 light upDictionary, light, brighten
No streetlights illuminate the street.
2 explainDictionary, interpret, make clear
The instructors use games to illuminate the subject.
He explained the process to us in simple terms.
The judge has to interpret the law as it's being passed.
A bank spokesman was unable to clarify the situation.
Their aim is to enlighten the public about the situation.
shed light on
He refused to elucidate the reasons for his decision.
scholars who seek to explicate religious texts
give insight into
3 decorateDictionary, illustrate, adorn
medieval illuminated manuscripts
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If something adorns a place or an object, it makes it look more beautiful.
Several oil paintings adorn the walls.
If your eyes brighten, you suddenly look interested or excited.
Her tearful eyes brightened with interest.
Thesaurus for illuminate from the Collins English Thesaurus
To illuminate something means to shine light on it and to make it brighter and more visible .