il·​lu·​mine | \ i-ˈlü-mən How to pronounce illumine (audio) \
illumined; illumining

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illuminable \ i-​ˈlü-​mə-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce illumine (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of illumine in a Sentence

small table lamps illumine the inn's dining room in a most romantic way readers of great literature are both entertained and illumined
Recent Examples on the Web In addition, examples of illustration and decorative design by Holbein and others illumine the varied functions of a sixteenth-century court vocation. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The past few decades of self-portraiture have seen the birth and death of micro-trends, including selfie sticks and ring lights that illumine our faces with an angelic glow. Allure, 23 Feb. 2021 For the Native American legend about why the bear has no tail, a sequence of adroit drawings further illumined Thompson’s lively narration and the characterful musical sound effects in Hitomi Oba’s score. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2019 In the case of Arp, a revolutionary figure in modernism’s movements of abstraction, Dadaism and Surrealism, this complementary group show illumines just how foundational and remarkably inimitable Arp’s abstractions really are. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2018 All are illumined by a searching intelligence and a willingness to test the boundaries of the short story form. Martha Southgate, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2018 Another photographer whose images help illumine that dark chapter of American history is Ansel Adams. National Geographic, 17 Feb. 2017 Fiery lightning almost constantly illumined the heavens.…The Gulf upon one side and the bay upon the other were advancing upon us. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, 4 Jan. 2017 One picture from Friday night that went viral showed a man yelling, his face illumined by the light from his tiki torch. Thomas Oide, sacbee, 13 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of illumine

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Illumine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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