Share this entry

Share this page

illuminate

Pronunciation: /ɪˈluːməneɪt; ɪˈluːmɪneɪt/

Translation of illuminate in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [room/street/roadsign] iluminar
    Example sentences
    • That day, it was the interior's turn to be brilliantly illuminated - by fluorescent lights carried up to the rafters by remote-controlled helium balloons.
    • A great flash of lightning illuminated the world outside, showing the trees dark against the night sky.
    • The next town was Boyes, just 29 km down the road and as we rode towards it we saw flashes of lightning illuminate the horizon.
  • 2 [Art/Arte] [manuscript] iluminar, miniar illuminated initial letra (feminine) historiada or miniada
    Example sentences
    • Large illuminated letters became popular with the advent of hand-written manuscripts and official documents.
    • Thus, the museum began to acquire European sculpture and old master drawings and purchased an important collection of medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts.
    • He is a fine late Romanesque painter open to more modern influences, particularly those emanating from Byzantium, perhaps via Franciscan illuminated manuscripts.
  • 3 3.1 [problem/difficulties/issue] esclarecer*, dilucidar 3.2 [person] (about a subject) explicarle* a
    Example sentences
    • Their results were paradoxical and their discussion illuminating.
    • There is even the promise of positive theory, exemplified in a brief but illuminating discussion of Likert's notions of effective hierarchies.
    • Of this central Lockean teaching and Zuckert's meticulous and illuminating discussions of it, we hear not one word from Prof. Mitchell.

Definition of illuminate in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day carpeta
f
folder …
Cultural fact of the day

Zarzuela is a musical drama consisting of alternating passages of dialogue, songs, choruses, and dancing, that originated in Spain in the seventeenth century. Its name comes from the Zarzuela palace, Madrid. It is also popular in Latin America. Zarzuela declined in the eighteenth century but revived in the early nineteenth century. The revived zarzuela dealt with more popular themes and was called género chico. A more serious version developed, known as género grande.