One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Light up; illuminate.‘sparks from candles illume our faces’
- ‘He covered his eyes, not yet used to the blinding light, but just as quickly uncovered them, for in the instant that the room had been illumed, the contents of room had been revealed.’
- ‘Shama, the bright candle, the eternal enchantress in Urdu poetry that claims the lives of hundreds of moths, her victims, came into AB's life to illume it with love.’
Late Middle English: abbreviation of illumine.
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