A new furiend to us Nerissa, gave us this award. Wow, thanks. We didn't know we was illuminating. We had to ask mum what that big word meant.
Here is what mum found from Mr Webster. Seems like a lot, guess it means we are bright guys!
Definition of ILLUMINATE
1 a : to enlighten spiritually or intellectually
b (1) : to supply or brighten with light (2) : to make luminous or shining c archaic : to set alight d : to subject to radiation
2 a : to make clear : elucidate b : to bring to the fore : highlight illuminate how interdependent we all are>
3 : to make illustrious or resplendent
4 : to decorate (as a manuscript) with gold or silver or brilliant colors or with often elaborate designs or miniature pictures
— il·lu·mi·nat·ing·ly adverb
— il·lu·mi·na·tor noun
Examples of ILLUMINATE
- the part of the moon illuminated by the sun
- A university study has illuminated the problem.
Origin of ILLUMINATE
Middle English, from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare, from in- + luminare to light up, from lumin-, lumen light — more at luminary
First Known Use: 15th century
Related to ILLUMINATE
Synonyms: bathe, beacon, emblaze, illume, illumine, irradiate, light, lighten
Antonyms: blacken, darken, obfuscate