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tr.v. il·lu·mined, il·lu·min·ing, il·lu·mines
To give light to; illuminate.

[Middle English illuminen, from Old French illuminer, from Latin illūmināre, to illuminate; see illuminate.]

il·lu′min·a·ble adj.


a literary word for illuminate
[C14: from Latin illūmināre to make light; see illuminate]
ilˈluminable adj


(ɪˈlu mɪn)

v.t., v.i. -mined, -min•ing.
to illuminate.


Past participle: illumined
Gerund: illumining

I illumine
you illumine
he/she/it illumines
we illumine
you illumine
they illumine
I illumined
you illumined
he/she/it illumined
we illumined
you illumined
they illumined
Present Continuous
I am illumining
you are illumining
he/she/it is illumining
we are illumining
you are illumining
they are illumining
Present Perfect
I have illumined
you have illumined
he/she/it has illumined
we have illumined
you have illumined
they have illumined
Past Continuous
I was illumining
you were illumining
he/she/it was illumining
we were illumining
you were illumining
they were illumining
Past Perfect
I had illumined
you had illumined
he/she/it had illumined
we had illumined
you had illumined
they had illumined
I will illumine
you will illumine
he/she/it will illumine
we will illumine
you will illumine
they will illumine
Future Perfect
I will have illumined
you will have illumined
he/she/it will have illumined
we will have illumined
you will have illumined
they will have illumined
Future Continuous
I will be illumining
you will be illumining
he/she/it will be illumining
we will be illumining
you will be illumining
they will be illumining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been illumining
you have been illumining
he/she/it has been illumining
we have been illumining
you have been illumining
they have been illumining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been illumining
you will have been illumining
he/she/it will have been illumining
we will have been illumining
you will have been illumining
they will have been illumining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been illumining
you had been illumining
he/she/it had been illumining
we had been illumining
you had been illumining
they had been illumining
I would illumine
you would illumine
he/she/it would illumine
we would illumine
you would illumine
they would illumine
Past Conditional
I would have illumined
you would have illumined
he/she/it would have illumined
we would have illumined
you would have illumined
they would have illumined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.illumine - make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
lighten up, lighten - become lighter; "The room lightened up"
floodlight - illuminate with floodlights
spotlight - illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater


1. To provide, cover, or fill with light:
2. To enable (one) to understand, especially in a spiritual sense:


vt (liter fig)erhellen
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