to illuminate//light up//lighten/brighten the hero on the stage

swayingrass

Banned
Taiwanese
He adjusted the spotlight to illuminate the hero on the stage.

Hi,
Is "illuminate" in the above interchangeable with "light up//lighten//brighten?" Thanks.
 
  • gasman

    Senior Member
    Canada, English
    Taken out of context both lighten and brighten could be used, but in this instance the light is there to spotlight the actor, and "lighten up", or to emphasise the actor. It is to emphasise him.
     
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