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[ih-loo-min] /ɪˈlu mɪn/
verb (used with or 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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  • It is morning, and the early sun illumines the distant plain, where ploughing has already begun.

    Jean Francois Millet Estelle M. Hurll
  • And it is our conscience that illumines the romantic side of our life.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • And once more a gloomy fire flashed in Christine's eyes, like the rapid passage of a flame which illumines and instantly expires.

  • That flame is the flame which illumines, in the night of exile, the paper on which I now write.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • Ravana saw that Sita was beautiful as the solitary moon at midnight when it illumines the gloomy forest.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Whence then comes the light which illumines it, since it clearly cannot come from the sun?

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • The light that illumines the page is but the reflected radiance of his own thoughts, and is unseen by all save himself.

  • There is another class of men whose hearts He illumines at once.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
  • It was the grey light before the first day blush that illumines the world's sleep and brings the feverish dreams of morning.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • The mind has a light of its own, and by it illumines what it re-creates.

British Dictionary definitions for illumines


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 illumines



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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