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illuminate

To clarify or further explain something. I think the author's scathing description of the ball gowns really illuminates his view of upper-class life. Thank you for illuminating that point for me.

illuminate (something) with (something)

1. Literally, to use something to light up a particular place or area. Sam wants to illuminate the whole room with candles before he proposes to Jen.
2. By extension, to use something to clarify or explain something else. I think the author really illuminates his view of upper-class life with his scathing description of the ball gowns.
3. To adorn or embellish something, usually a text, with things like colors and designs. The author had illuminated the text with accents in gold leaf.
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illuminate something with something

 
1. Lit. to light up something with something. The lights illuminated the monument with a bright glow. The monument was illuminated with mercury vapor lamps.
2. Fig. to clarify or elucidate something with explanation. Please try to illuminate this matter with an explanation. Could you illuminate your answer with a little more detail?
3. to decorate a manuscript with pictures or designs, as done in medieval monasteries. The monks spent all their days illuminating manuscripts with pictures. No one has the patience to illuminate books with tiny designs.
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illuminated

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (A play on lit.) Paul is a bit illuminated.
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Julie Berebitsky's essay on the Delineator's 1907-1911 "Child Rescue Campaign" argues that adoption matters because it illuminates who could (and could not) legitimately claim "mother consciousness," a crucial resource during the Progressive era, when maternalism was the chief vehicle for women's public mobilization.
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The gift of Monet and the Impressionists was in opening our eyes to the way light paints, illuminates, and transforms the beauty of our world, and walking out of the exhibit it was hard not to feel the religious character of that insight.
For this exhibition, he created two works that make no reference to the architectural characteristics of the building, accentuating the pictorial instead, which nonetheless illuminates the space of the gallery in all its detail.
Shooting down a narrow passageway about 60 feet long, the sun's light illuminates the floor of the tomb's main chamber.
Her chapter on the use of intermediaries illuminates the extent to which courtship was a "mediated and delegated joint effort" (118).
Examination of text and context, such as Paul Parrish's essay on Crashaw, Mary Collet, and Little Gidding, further illuminates the new history that feminist scholars are rewriting.