Whenever Stout shone his flashlight beam into one of the rooms, it illuminated stacks of mortar shells and explosives.
A moment ago the drawing-room had seemed empty; Mrs. Luke, in her sole person, filled and illuminated it.
Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol illuminated the transformative power of context and the process of reproduction.
c.1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination, or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.