What is the term for "make more intelligent" for example Reading books will ... you?

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    Reading books will smarten you up!!
    – user66974
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 19:59
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    You need to find a better fitting example sentence. There are many possibilities here.
    – vickyace
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 20:33
  • It might be more suitable to look for a phrase rather than a single word depending on what you are trying to convey.
    – Keith
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 20:54
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    Sorry. there can be a term for 'make more intelligent' only after you've shown that something could make people more intelligent… I can't prove the negative that no brain-training techniques, no drugs, no physical exercises or diets have been shown to make anyone more intelligent, nevertheless the fact that they haven't should rule the question out of court… should it not? Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 21:52

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To use a prepositional phrase:

"Smarten you up" (I just noticed that Josh already thought of that! "Great minds....")

Or to make a noun into an action:

"Intellectualize you."

Remember, language is fun!


I like this word... sort of makes learning "glorious" a the same time:

(in your sentence) "Reading books will enlighten you"

enlighten from dictionary.com

[en-lahyt-n] Spell Syllablesverb (used with object)

1. to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to:

  • Good word,but this is word is kind of too mature or something.Like epiphany
    – Murad
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 21:08

One option would be "inform." In a broader sense, "educate" would work as well.

  • Please form a better connection between your suggested answer and the user's need. Define the terms and cite source.
    – vickyace
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 23:10

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