Adjective "illuminated" definition and examples

(Illuminated may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Light up.
  1. figurative 'his face was illuminated by a smile'
  2. 'He said oversized and illuminated signs were not appropriate in the area.'
  3. 'Then a storm begins, and the flashes of lightning briefly and beautifully illuminate a tree waving in the wind outside the window.'
  4. 'At the top of the last little bump, they could see the shoulder-high summit sign illuminated by the first light of day.'
  5. 'Lightning flashed, illuminating the dark hollow face of a single man.'
  6. 'All movement was eradicated as a brilliant flash of blue-orange light illuminated their horrified faces.'
  7. 'Overheard the sun shone brightly, illuminating the garden with a brilliant ray of light.'
  8. 'A golden light was shining down illuminating Isabelle's face.'
  9. 'A flash of light briefly illuminated the hallway, pouring through the broken window and burning their eyes.'
  10. 'At the moment, in the third window down, a light shone brightly, illuminating a small patch of the garden below.'
  11. 'The lightning flashes illuminated the pastor's face.'
  12. 'On Diwali 1619 the Golden Temple was illuminated with many lights to welcome home and celebrate the release of Guru Hargobind from imprisonment in Gwalior fort.'
  13. 'As the season approaches the countryside and towns light up and outlines of houses buildings and churches are illuminated.'
Decorate (a page or initial letter in a manuscript) with gold, silver, or coloured designs.
  1. 'Large illuminated letters became popular with the advent of hand-written manuscripts and official documents.'
  2. 'Yet a current show there, on one of the grandest of all illuminated manuscripts, does both.'
Help to clarify or explain.
  1. 'That last incident is particularly illuminating.'
  2. 'Stark's discussion is lively, pointed and frequently illuminating.'
  3. 'Though MacDonald's discussion of this topic is interesting and illuminating, it left me unconvinced.'
  4. 'Cross-cultural research can help illuminate and clarify the social and developmental differences that exist across various cultures.'
  5. 'Fellow blogger and super-cute Darian had some very funny, illuminating and revealing stories about the film he was currently working on.'
  6. 'The editors emphasize making tacit knowledge itself explicit, rather than illuminating the process of creating and using valuable tacit knowledge.'
  7. 'There is even the promise of positive theory, exemplified in a brief but illuminating discussion of Likert's notions of effective hierarchies.'
  8. 'The text ends on page 710, the rest consisting of notes and index, and while the notes are sharp and illuminating, some of them amount to mini-essays.'
  9. 'Arf contributed to the education of many of the present day mathematicians in Turkey, not only by his lectures but also through illuminating discussions in conferences and seminars.'
  10. 'Like the rescue workers there, one waded in trying to find something that was alive, that would illuminate and explain what had happened.'

More definitions

1. to supply or brighten with light; light up.

2. to make lucid or clear; throw light on (a subject).

3. to decorate with lights, as in celebration.

4. to enlighten, as with knowledge.

5. to make resplendent or illustrious: A smile illuminated her face.

6. to decorate (a manuscript, book, etc.) with colors and gold or silver, as was often done in the Middle Ages. verb (used without object), illuminated, illuminating.

7. to display

More examples(as adjective)

"offices can be illuminated by lights."

"factories can be illuminated by lights."

"manuscriptses can be illuminated."

"cars can be illuminated."

"trams can be illuminated."

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(illuminate)Late Middle English: from Latin illuminat- ‘illuminated’, from the verb illuminare, from in- ‘upon’ + lumen, lumin- ‘light’.