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 illuminable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for illumine


bathe, beacon, emblaze, illume, illuminate, irradiate, light, lighten


blacken, darken, obfuscate

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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

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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, "Review: Musicians turn the Big Dipper into an ‘interstellar cantata,’ with help from NASA," 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, "‘The Nature of Arp’ Review: Revolutionary Forms," 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, "In Stories About Slavery and Its Legacy, Hints of the Author’s Life," 13 Apr. 2018 Another photographer whose images help illumine that dark chapter of American history is Ansel Adams. National Geographic, "14 Photos That Illumine a Dark Chapter of U.S. History," 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, "A Hurricane Destroyed This Louisiana Resort Town, Never to Be Inhabited Again," 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, "Man in viral Charlottesville photo is a University of Nevada-Reno student," 13 Aug. 2017 Marianne Faithfull’s ‘Memories, Dreams and Reflections’ is a gem; her luminous words light up the book’s portraits and events in the way ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’ is illumined by Renoir’s colors. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, "Hot Tracks: Summer’s Big Books on Rock, Pop, Soul and Jazz," 30 May 2017 Another photographer whose images help illumine that dark chapter of American history is Ansel Adams. National Geographic, "14 Photos That Illumine a Dark Chapter of U.S. History," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of illumine

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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