(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. brighten, illuminate; educate, civilize, instruct, inform, teach, edify. See light, teaching, information.Ant., obfuscate.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To provide information or understanding]
Syn. inform, acquaint, edify, set straight; see notify 1 , teach 1 , tell 1 .
2. [To bring supposed spiritual truth]
Syn. illumine, illuminate, reveal, inculcate, indoctrinate, edify, inspirit, uplift, give faith, preach, save, catechize, convert, persuade, show the light, lead to the light, bring out of the wilderness, raise up, open one's eyes.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[en LITE un]
to inform or instruct.
Obedience school will enlighten you and your dog.
SYN.: inform, instruct, fill in, teach, edify, make one aware, apprise, school, illuminate, indoctrinate, ground, *open one's eyes.
ANT.: *put one in the dark, cloud, obfuscate, mystify
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To enable (one) to understand, especially in a spiritual sense: edify, illume, illuminate, illumine. See TEACH. 2. To impart information to: acquaint, advise, apprise, educate, inform, notify, tell. See KNOWLEDGE, TEACH.

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