light up (something)

idiom

1
: to provide light for (something) : to fill (something) with light
light a room up
Fireworks lit up the sky.
often used figuratively
A smile lights up her whole face.
Her smile lights up the room.
2
: to cause (something) to burn
She lit up a cigarette.

Examples of light up (something) in a Sentence

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“Light up (something).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/light%20up%20%28something%29. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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