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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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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.
Not all the twelve essays collected in this volume focus on Milton's evolving notions of political liberty or explicitly examine "the terms of liberty" in the seventeenth century; however, those that do in their various ways, illuminate the topic with fresh attention to historical, political, and classical contexts.
Hook set about making EHP a torch to illuminate global environmental health concerns through a broad sweep of ideas, policies, and publications.
A series of carefully positioned 1000-watt metal halide uplighters supply clear white light that evenly illuminates the steel cages.
In an installation in 1986, a luminous beam was projected to illuminate architectural details in a space where the light emanated from cases and was diffused throughout the room.
Ray's results lend credence to a longstanding local belief that the sun illuminates the tomb chamber at certain times of the year.
But Gelber's study is informed by more than the activities which consumed our youth; it illuminates the reorganization of social space in which they took place and the changing gendered character of hobbies and crafts.
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.
In photoelectron holography, a burst of finely tuned X-rays illuminates a small patch on a crystal surface.
Radcliff's carefully structured analysis of place and process in Gijon illuminates the ways in which powerful upheavals took shape in smaller yet nonetheless important cities.