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UK [ˈɪləstreɪt] / US [ˈɪləˌstreɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "illustrate":
present tense I/you/we/they illustrate he/she/it illustrates present participle illustrating past tense illustrated past participle illustrated
1)
a) to show what something is like, or to show that something is true

The following examples illustrate our approach to customer service.

The case of Mrs King illustrates the importance of consulting your doctor.

illustrate a point:

Miriam quoted three case studies to illustrate her point.

b) to show something by using pictures, diagrams, lists of numbers etc

The process is illustrated in Figure 4.6.

2)
a) to draw the pictures in a book, or to put pictures in a book

She has illustrated several children's books.

fully/lavishly/beautifully illustrated:

The cookbook is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs.

b) to use pictures in a talk, document etc

an illustrated talk on her travels in India


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Illustrate — Il*lus trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Illustrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Illustrating}.] [L. illustratus, p. p. of illustrare to illustrate, fr. illustris bright. See {Illustrious}.] 1. To make clear, bright, or luminous. [1913 Webster] Here, when the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Illustrate — Il*lus trate, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.] Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illustrate — [v1] demonstrate, exemplify allegorize, bring home*, clarify, clear, clear up, delineate, depict, disclose, draw a picture*, elucidate, emblematize, embody, emphasize, epitomize, evidence, evince, exhibit, explain, expose, expound, get across*,… …   New thesaurus

  • illustrate — I verb cite, clarify, define, demonstrate, display, elucidate, enlighten, exemplify, exhibit, explain, expound, furnish an example, give an instance, illuminate, inlustrare, instance, interpret, make evident, make plain, make vivid, manifest,… …   Law dictionary

  • illustrate — (v.) 1520s, light up, shed light on; 1610s, educate by means of examples, back formation from illustration, and in some cases from L. illustratus, pp. of illustrare (see ILLUSTRATION (Cf. illustration)). Sense of provide pictures to explain or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • illustrate — 1 enlighten, illuminate, illumine, light, lighten Analogous words: *adorn, embellish: expose, exhibit, display, *show: *reveal, disclose, discover Antonyms: dim 2 *exemplify Analogous words: elucidate, interpret …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • illustrate — ► VERB 1) provide (a book or periodical) with pictures. 2) make clear by using examples, charts, etc. 3) serve as an example of. DERIVATIVES illustrator noun. ORIGIN Latin illustrare light up …   English terms dictionary

  • illustrate — [il′ə strāt΄; ] also [ i lus′trāt΄] vt. illustrated, illustrating [< L illustratus, pp. of illustrare, to light up, illuminate < in , in + lustrare, to illuminate < lustrum: see LUSTRUM] 1. a) to make clear; explain b) to make clear or… …   English World dictionary

  • illustrate — verb 1 put pictures in sth ADVERB ▪ copiously (esp. AmE), generously, heavily, lavishly, profusely (esp. AmE), richly ▪ fully ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • illustrate — il|lus|trate W2 [ˈıləstreıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of illustrare, from lustrare to make pure or bright ] 1.) to make the meaning of something clearer by giving examples ▪ Let me give an example to illustrate… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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