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limn

[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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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
v.

early 15c., "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, "to illuminate manuscripts" (late 14c.), from Old French luminer "light up, illuminate," from Latin luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (genitive luminis) "radiant energy, light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1590s. Related: Limned.

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