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verb (used with object), il·lumed, il·lum·ing. Archaic.
  1. to illuminate.
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Origin of illume

First recorded in 1595–1605; short for illumine
Related formsun·il·lumed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Three candles that illume every darkness: truth, nature, knowledge.

    Ancient Irish Poetry


  • Can one illume a leaden sky,Or tear apart the shadowy veil Thicker than pitch, no star on high,Not one funereal glimmer pale?

  • I admired the condensed wisdom of this, but, like experience, it only serves to illume the path over which I have passed.

  • All my faculties tend to self-preservation; there, they converge as rays in a focus; in that focus they illume and—they burn.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • But, my young friend, it is not the light of the noon-day sun that ought to illume Christian charity.

British Dictionary definitions for illume


  1. (tr) a poetic word for illuminate
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Word Origin

C17: shortened from illumine
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