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- (transitive) To illuminate, to bring light to something, to brighten.
- Absence might cure it, or a second mistress / Light up another flame, and put out this.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:Episode 12, The Cyclops:
- The deafening claps of thunder and the dazzling flashes of lightning which lit up the ghastly scene testified that the artillery of heaven had lent its supernatural pomp to the already gruesome spectacle.
- 2009, President Nixon's Pilot, Jim Bell, in The Propinquity Effect →ISBN:
- When we cranked up the engine, the fire warning light lit up.
- 2020 April 22, “Network News: Glenfinnan turns blue to honour NHS workers”, in Rail, page 9:
- The illumination was organised by Martin Whyte from events company The Stage Group, fulfilling a long-held ambition of his to light up the 21-arch Scottish structure.
- (intransitive) To show an increase in activity or a brightening of mood.
- 1956 , Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 84:
- Clara's eyes lit up at this highly unusual occurrence.
- He saw Mary and his face lit up.
- (intransitive) To light a cigarette, pipe, etc.
- 1962 December, “Motive Power Miscellany: North Eastern Region”, in Modern Railways, pages 422, 425:
- On the morning after the one-day strike, October 4, one of the Type 4s on crew-training, No. D169, was appropriated to head the 3 a.m. mail to Hull, as no steam locomotive had been lit up and the usual Hull Type 3 was not available; [...].
- Smoking in this building is not allowed, so I always step outside to light up.
- (transitive) To make happy.
- (transitive, slang) To open fire on a target or group of targets.
- (chiefly US, transitive, slang) To shock (someone) with a stun gun.
to bring light to something
to become light
to light a cigarette, etc.
- William Dwight Whitney and Benjamin E[li] Smith, editors (1914), “light2”, in The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, volume III (Hoop–O), revised edition, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., OCLC 1078064371, page 3447.