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