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

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 The papaya-pulp glow of sodium lights on a remote station’s platform revealed the denizens of the wayside: disused open-top hoppers, empty coil cars, corroded gondolas, a modest village in the distance illumined by weak-yellow streetlamps. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 18 July 2023 There was in the Registry, besides, her portrait, painted by an artist of the time in the conventional style of the time: haloed, illumined, awestruck eyes fixed upward to the heavens. Cynthia Ozick, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 The non-narrative videos, which may well come to be regarded as the Sistine Chapel of video art, projected onto epic screens above the orchestra and singers, serve not to illumine Wagner’s drama but his intent. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of illumine was in the 14th century

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“Illumine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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il·​lu·​mine il-ˈü-mən How to pronounce illumine (audio)
illumined; illumining
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