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

  Irradiate \Ir*ra"di*ate\ ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. [imp.
     & p. p. Irradiated ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Irradiating ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L.
     irradiatus, p. p. of irradiate. See In- in, and Radiate.]
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     1. To throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten;
        to adorn with luster.
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              Thy smile irradiates yon blue fields. --Sir W.
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     2. To enlighten intellectually; to illuminate; as, to
        irradiate the mind. --Bp. Bull.
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     3. To animate by heat or light. --Sir M. Hale.
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     4. To radiate, shed, or diffuse.
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              A splendid fa[,c]ade, . . . irradiating hospitality.
                                                    --H. James.
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     5. To expose to radiation of any kind, especially ionizing
        radiation; as, to sterilize food by irradiating it with
        gamma rays; one can cause mutations in bacteria by
        irradiating them with ultraviolet light.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  irradiate \ir*ra"di*ate\, v. i.
     To emit rays; to shine.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  irradiate \ir*ra"di*ate\ ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[asl]t), a. [L.
     irradiatus, p. p.]
     Illuminated; irradiated. --Mason.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: give spiritual insight to; in religion [syn: enlighten,
      2: cast rays of light upon
      3: expose to radiation; "irradiate food" [syn: irradiate,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "irradiate":
     X-ray, activate, anhydrate, beacon, blast-freeze, brighten,
     brighten up, brine, charge, contaminate, corn, cure, dehydrate,
     desiccate, dry, dry-cure, dry-salt, edify, embalm, enlighten,
     evaporate, flood with light, floodlight, freeze, freeze-dry, fume,
     highlight, illume, illuminate, illumine, improve, infect, jerk,
     kipper, light, light up, lighten, luminate, marinade, marinate,
     mummify, overshine, pickle, poison, preservatize, quick-freeze,
     radiumize, refrigerate, relume, relumine, roentgenize, salt,
     season, shed light upon, shine upon, smoke, smoke-cure, spotlight,
     stuff, throw light upon, uplift

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