Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb enlighten

3 senses of enlighten

Sense 1
enlighten, edify -- (make understand; "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal")
       => teach, learn, instruct -- (impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat")

Sense 2
enlighten, irradiate -- (give spiritual insight to; in religion)
       => prophesy, vaticinate -- (predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration)

Sense 3
clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate -- (make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault")
       => clarify, clear up, elucidate -- (make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death")

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