light up

phrasal verb

of a light : to become lit : to begin shining
All of the lights on the display suddenly lit up.
often used figuratively to express interest or pleasure
His eyes/face lit up when she walked in the room.
informal, of a telephone : to show a light indicating that someone is calling
When the DJ announced a contest, the phones lit up.
informal : to light a cigarette
I can't wait to light up after work.

Examples of light up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compatibility: Works With Computers, Phones, and Consoles (Mostly) Any device with DisplayPort-over-USB-C functionality will work with the Pro XR seamlessly: Just plug in and the glasses will light up like an external monitor. PCMAG, 21 May 2024 These meteor showers, and the lone shard over the weekend, light up the sky in a similar manner. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, 20 May 2024 The lightning and thunder strikes get closer together and light up the now-dim forest. Leyton Cassidy, Longreads, 7 May 2024 Motown mainstay Kem will light up the Aretha amphitheater on Aug. 2, and there’s an exciting new jazz project from some well-pedigreed local veterans: Don Was, Dave McMurray and Luis Resto will make their Motor City debut as the Pan-Detroit Ensemble on May 24 at Orchestra Hall. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2024 The public artwork, located on the grounds of the Creekside West senior housing complex, is a towering, interactive sculpture that invites visitors to grab on, give it a spin and watch as the sky’s natural light is converted into a rainbow of colors that light up the ground. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, 3 May 2024 Other states like California, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida could also see the sky light up again for an encore performance. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 And, like the Oscars or the Met Gala, star wattage helps light up the night. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2024 On the evening of Thanksgiving, 15 blocks light up with thousands of colorful bulbs. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 15 Apr. 2024

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“Light up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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