Illuminate and Obscure


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Illuminate verb – To supply with light.
Usage example: a floor lamp illuminates a living room rather nicely

Obscure is an antonym for illuminate in topics: explain, light up, educate, make light.
Nearby Words: illumination, illumine, illuminating, illumined, illuminative
Antonyms for Illuminate


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Obscure verb – To keep secret or shut off from view.
Usage example: the investigative reporters obscured their real motives for visiting the company by pretending the story was about something else

Illuminate is an antonym for obscure in conceal topic.
Nearby Words: obscured, obscurity, obscurely, obscuring, obscuration
Antonyms for Obscure
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Common collocations

fact illuminate fact obscure fact
room illuminate room obscure room
path illuminate path obscure path
face illuminate face obscure face
Other nouns: features, screen.

Both words in one sentence

  • Comic Book / 52 This is alleviated to a certain degree by the collected volumes of the series, which included creators' notes at the end of each week that tended to illuminate various parts of that week's chapter (including some of the more obscure references).
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Antonyms for illuminate
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