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[ih-loo-min] /ɪˈlu mɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), illumined, illumining.
Origin of illumine
1300-50; Middle English illuminen < Latin illūmināre to light up, equivalent to il- il-1 + lūmin- (stem of lūmen) light + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
Related forms
illuminable, adjective
self-illumined, adjective Unabridged
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  • Mary would have to wait for hers, for it did not occur to him that it would be possible to illumine Mary's hut before his own.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • The sun shone on Chepe; he only asked that it should illumine the page he read.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The fire, now burnt down, threw out only a pale light, scarce strong enough to illumine the group that stood near its edge.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • One knows not at what hour God may touch and illumine his or another's heart.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • They are a devouring force; they illumine, but they burn; they have the right to be unique in their being and in their work.

    Michelangelo Romain Rolland
  • He opened it a little, that the light might illumine the passage.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • It was on such occasions that the man of intellect revived to ennoble and illumine everything.

  • To-morrow's sun will illumine the joyous hospitality of Barcelona.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • These names (and Diana, too) come from the root div, 'to shine,' 'to illumine.'

  • Your worship comes to this, your house, like the sun, to illumine it.

British Dictionary definitions for illumine


a literary word for illuminate
Derived Forms
illuminable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin illūmināre to make light; see illuminate
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Word Origin and History for illumine

late 14c., "to enlighten spiritually;" mid-15c., "to light up, shine light on," from Old French illuminer, from Latin illuminare (see illumination). Related: illumined.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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