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[lim] /lɪm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to represent in drawing or painting.
2.
to portray in words; describe.
3.
Obsolete. to illuminate (manuscripts).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English lymne, variant of Middle English luminen to illuminate (manuscripts), aphetic variant of enlumine < Middle French enluminer < Latin inlūmināre to embellish, literally, light up; see illuminate
Related forms
outlimn, verb (used with object)
unlimned, adjective
Can be confused
limb, limn.
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Examples for limn
  • They are rated by their ability to limn the customer's likeness on paper.
  • There is no determined plotting or pioneering zeal from childhood to limn her story.
  • Included among these is finning otherwise non-limn hydroelectric power so that it can be sold as higher value firm power.
  • We first limn the applicable standard of review and address a procedural point raised by the plaintiffs.
British Dictionary definitions for limn

limn

/lɪm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to represent in drawing or painting
2.
(archaic) to describe in words
3.
an obsolete word for illuminate
Derived Forms
limner (ˈlɪmnə) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French enluminer to illumine (a manuscript) from Latin inlūmināre to brighten, from lūmen light
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Word Origin and History for limn
limn
c.1420, "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from M.E. lumine, "to illuminate manuscripts," from O.Fr. luminer, from L. luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (gen. luminis) "radiant energy, light." Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1592.
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