enlighten

To enlighten someone means to explain something clearly to him. If your friend is behaving strangely but insists she has a reason for it, you could ask her to enlighten you.

Enlighten comes from the metaphor that ignorance is a state of being "in the dark," and that knowledge is illuminating. We use enlighten as a verb meaning to clear up, to remove confusion. Light is also a powerful metaphor for spiritual insight. If you have a great revelation about the divinity of the world, you could say you have been enlightened. The era known as the "Age of Reason" is also called the Enlightenment.

DEFINITIONS OF: enlighten

1

v give spiritual insight to; in religion

Synonyms:
irradiate
Type of:
prophesy, vaticinate
predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration

v make understand

“Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal”
Synonyms:
edify
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

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