Definition of throw (or cast or shed) light on in English:

throw (or cast or shed) light on


  • Help to explain (something) by providing further information about it.

    ‘no one could shed any light on the mysterious car accident’
    • ‘Certainly it would be fascinating to see the results, as they would throw light on exactly how much the public understands about any of this stuff.’
    • ‘It is believed the documents shed light on what ministers were told about the case during its long history.’
    • ‘There are going to be few reports coming out of there that will really shed light on how bad exactly it is.’
    • ‘This type of information sheds light on the similarity of Cold War developments in both the United States and USSR.’
    • ‘Det Sgt Morgan said he would welcome any information that would shed light on the incident.’
    • ‘I've heard about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, but this is the first article I've seen that casts light on how it works.’
    • ‘Now a new poll sheds light on whether TV viewers are fed up with all the sex on television.’
    • ‘Police said they wanted to speak to a man seen in the area who might be able to shed light on what happened.’
    • ‘He has cast light on so many problem areas that I am moved to nominate him as the first national boxing commissioner - should that post ever be created.’
    • ‘The questions at the heart of psychoanalysis - its promise to throw light on why we do the things we do, why we have trouble doing what we want to do, and why we suffer - continue to compel.’
    explain, elucidate, clarify, clear up, give an explanation for, give an explanation of, offer an explanation for, offer an explanation of, make clear, make plain, interpret, comment on
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