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

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

Related Words for illumines

light, irradiate, illuminate, brighten, clarify, interpret, elucidate

Examples from the Web for illumines

Historical Examples of illumines

  • And it is our conscience that illumines the romantic side of our life.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • His light at once revivifies a blade of grass and illumines a world.


    Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

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

  • It illumines the mind, raises the imagination, and warms the heart.

  • Then the picture had suggested only the glory and honor which illumines the page of history.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for illumines



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 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.

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