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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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Of particular interest in these chapters is the candid discussion of the events and individuals that eventually led to the merger of the Illuminating Engineering Society with the Institute of Heating and Ventilating Engineers to form the Chartered Institution of Building Services (CIBS) and eventually, after a row with The Council of Engineering Institutions about the name of the organization, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
The Lumens, which are sponsored by the IESNY, are part of the International Illumination Design Awards program of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
Both these volumes (in spite of the absence of a theoretical construct for the essays in Representing Women) attest to the vitality and excitement inherent in the study of early modern women: not only are we still recovering texts that are important as both artistic and historical documents, not only are close readings of these texts and contextual studies illuminating small pieces of the literary history, but the recovery and creation of new knowledge and the employment of new methodology and theory have together begun the radical and necessary process of remapping this literary and historical landscape.
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Torgerson joined UIL Holdings in January of 2006 as President of the holding company and in April was elected CEO of The United Illuminating Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of UIL.
In a hearing today at the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) The United Illuminating Company (UI) and the City of Bridgeport announced that they have reached an agreement in principle for the purchase of UI's Steel Point property.
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) today issued a Final Decision in The United Illuminating Company's (NYSE:UIL) rate case.
One photo of Intrado's CEO and CTO, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children presiding over the NASDAQ Market Open on Wednesday; and one photo of missing child illuminating Times Square on NASDAQ tower.
Commenting on the new Manhattan design introduced by Nevamar, Terrie O'Dell, senior product design manager, stated, "The natural metallic hues play a critical role in adding a level of authenticity to the illuminating quality of the design.
UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE:UIL) will be rescheduling the second quarter earnings release as The United Illuminating Company (UI) awaits resolution regarding the Department of Public Utility Control's (DPUC) reopening of UI's pension and postretirement expense docket.
This earnings guidance includes an increase in the Conservation and Load Management (C&LM) incentive approved by the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) on February 4, 2004, and the effect of the February 18, 2004 DPUC decision regarding The United Illuminating Company's pension and post-retirement expenses.