verb (used with or without object), il·lu·mined, il·lu·min·ing.

Nearby words

  1. illuminati,
  2. illuminating,
  3. illumination,
  4. illuminative,
  5. illuminator,
  6. illuminism,
  7. illuminometer,
  8. illus.,
  9. illusion,
  10. illusionary

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 formsil·lu·mi·na·ble, adjectiveself-il·lu·mined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for illumine



a literary word for illuminate
Derived Formsilluminable, adjective

Word Origin for illumine

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.

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