Definition of illumine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈl(j)uːmɪn/


1 [with object] literary Light up; brighten: he moved her lamp so that her face was illumined
More example sentences
  • Its pathway is illumined by the reflected light from the rose window - shards of blue, scarlet, pale gold that shimmer.
  • From my peripheral vision, through the glass windshield, a vast spread of city lights illumining the black night sky over us for miles came into view.
  • Everywhere is pure, light illumines the ten directions, and the ten thousand dharmas [things] are one as is.
2Enlighten (someone) spiritually or intellectually.
Example sentences
  • God continually illumines us, both dwelling upon us and dwelling among us.
  • He was surrounded by people who had many powerful ideas and who illumined him to the point where they could wind him up and then he could do his special stuff.
  • He lives, illumining us with the eternal life that he is.


Middle English: from Old French illuminer, from Latin illuminare (see illuminate).

Words that rhyme with illumine

catechumen, lumen

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Line breaks: il¦lu|mine

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