illume (illumes, present participle illuming; past and past participle illumed)

  1. (archaic) To throw or spread light upon; to make light or bright
    Synonyms: illuminate, illumine
    • c.1603, William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I, Scene I.
      Last night of all,
      When yond same star that's westward from the pole
      Had made his course to illume that part of heaven
      Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself,
      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 !
    • 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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