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    Illumine or Illuminate

    I am putting together an official document.
    One of my sentence is “Emergency luminaires are set up to illuminate at all times”

    Here can the word "illuminate" be replaced with "illumine" , without changing the context?
    Do they both mean one and the same?

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    In an official document you should strongly prefer illuminate over illumine. Although the words are synonyms the connotations of illumine are faintly literary, and perhaps also slightly archaic. Illuminate, on the other hand, is a stalwart and unpretentious modern word.

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    Quote Originally Posted by zajeys View Post
    I am putting together an official document.
    One of my sentence is “Emergency luminaires are set up to illuminate at all times”

    Here can the word "illuminate" be replaced with "illumine" , without changing the context?
    Do they both mean one and the same?
    Is this meant to be a directive? It sounds unnecessarily complicated.
    "Emergency lights are always on". Or if it is a procedure manual, "Emergency lights must always remain switched on".

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    The term luminaire is used for the emergency lighting in my building that will come on in stairwells if there's a natural disaster and the electricity supply goes down, so they're not on, but can switch on at any time.

    How about:

    Emergency luminaires are ready to switch on at any time?
    Last edited by Tdol; 11-Apr-2013 at 16:35. Reason: Question mark culling

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The term luminaire is used for the emergency lighting in my building that will come on in stairwells if there's a natural disaster
    I have never heard of the word 'luminaire', though it appears in several dictionaries here. I would simply call that 'emergency lighting'.

    Tdol, did you really use three question marks at the end of your post?

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    I hadn't come across the term until I moved here.

    I used the multiple question marks to indicate that it wasn't a question but a question about a question. And it's late here. Careful or I will go for upper case with added exclamation marks.

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    I have not seen that used for emergency lights either.

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    Re: Illumine or Illuminate

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    ICareful or I will go for upper case with added exclamation marks.
    "I" RESIGN!!!!!!!

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