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  • IPA(key): /ɪˈluːm/, /ɪˈljuːm/
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  • Rhymes: -uːm


illume (third-person singular simple present illumes, present participle illuming, simple past and past participle illumed)

  1. (archaic) To throw or spread light upon; to make light or bright.
    Synonyms: illuminate, illumine
    • c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i], page 152:
      Laſt night of all, / When yond ſame Starre that's Weſtward from the Pole / Had made his courſe t’illume that part of Heauen / Where now it burnes, / Marcellus and my ſelfe, / The Bell then beating one.
    • 1819, Samuel Mcpherson Janney, The last of the Lenapé, and Other Poems - Electricity:
      How dread the thunder's peal that rolls above !
      How bright the flashes that illume the sky !
    • 1840 March, Robert Browning, Sordello, London: Edward Moxon, [], →OCLC, book the third, page 123:
      Brighter the sun illumed the suburbs, more / Ugly and absolute that shade's reproof []
    • 1915, Alfred Emanuel Smith, New Outlook (vol. 109):
      At night there is no light in this building, but searchlights from distant points illume the splendid dome and the colonnades.

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