V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to inform or explain; 2. to make clear; 3. to provide spiritual insight

Synonyms: elucidate, illuminate, clarify, explain, educate, inform

Antonyms: confuse, confound

Tips: Notice the word light in enlighten. When you enlighten someone you "shine a light" on a subject. In other words, you explain or clarify something and help the person to understand it or see it more clearly. When something is enlightening (adjective), it is educational. To be enlightened (adjective) means that you show understanding and act in a positive and progressive way. Buddhists believe that when you are enlightened you know the truth about existence.

Usage Examples:

If you think you know so much about this, why don't you enlighten me? (educate, inform)

The speaker's words were enlightening, and I came out of the presentation understanding the subject much better than previously. (educational, informative, illuminating) adjective

Buddhist monks live their lives hoping to achieve enlightenment. (knowledge about the truth of existence) noun

I would be grateful if you could enlighten me about your reasons for being so upset. (educate, inform)

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