Enlighten En*light"en, v. t. [Pref. en- + lighten: cf. AS. inl[=i]htan. Cf. {Enlight}.] 1. To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth. [1913 Webster]

His lightnings enlightened the world. --Ps. xcvii. 4. [1913 Webster]

2. To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding. [1913 Webster]

The conscience enlightened by the Word and Spirit of God. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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