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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Enlighten


ENLI'GHTEN, verb transitive enli'tn. [from light.]

1. To make light; to shed light on; to supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth.

His lightnings enlightened the world. Psalms 97:4.

2. To quicken in the faculty of vision; to enable to see more clearly.

Jonathan's--eyes were enlightened. 1 Samuel 14:27.

3. To give light to; to give clearer views; to illuminate; to instruct; to enable to see or comprehend truth; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding.

4. To illuminate with divine knowledge, or a knowledge of the truth.

Those who were once enlightened. Hebrews 6:4.