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 for illuminating
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Illuminate \Il*lu"mi*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Illuminated;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Illuminating.] [L. illuminatus, p. p. of
     illuminare; pref. il- in + luminare to enlighten, fr. lumen
     light. See Luminous, and cf. Illume, Illumine,
     Enlimn, Limn.]
     1. To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light,
        literally or figuratively; to brighten.
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     2. To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a
        building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.
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     3. To adorn, as a book or page with borders, initial letters,
        or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in
        manuscripts of the Middle Ages.
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     4. To make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by
        knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate; as, to
        illuminate a text, a problem, or a duty.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Illuminating \Il*lu"mi*na`ting\, a.
     Giving or producing light; used for illumination.
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     Illuminating gas. See Gas, n., 2
     (a) .
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance; "an
             enlightening glimpse of government in action"; "an
             illuminating lecture" [syn: enlightening,
             informative, illuminating] [ant: unenlightening,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "illuminating":
     allegorizing, annotative, autodidactic, brightening, clarifying,
     coeducational, critical, cultural, demonstrative, demythologizing,
     didactic, disciplinary, edifying, editorial, educating,
     educational, educative, elucidative, enlightening, euhemeristic,
     exegetic, exemplificative, exhortatory, explaining, explanatory,
     explicative, explicatory, expositive, expository, glossarial,
     homiletic, hortatory, illuminant, illuminative, illumining,
     illustrative, informative, initiatory, instructive, introductory,
     lecturing, lightening, lighting, preaching, preceptive,
     propaedeutic, rationalistic, rationalizing, scholiastic,
     self-teaching, teaching, tuitionary

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