Verb illuminate has 3 senses
  1. light, illume, illumine, light up, illuminate - make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
    --1 is one way to lighten, lighten up
    Derived forms: noun illumination2, noun illumination4, noun illuminant1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate - make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    --2 is one way to clarify, clear up, elucidate
    Derived form: noun illumination3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. illuminate - add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
    --3 is one way to
    decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify
    Derived form: noun illumination5
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something