illustrate

illustrate
[[t]ɪ̱ləstreɪt[/t]]
♦♦♦
illustrates, illustrating, illustrated
1) VERB If you say that something illustrates a situation that you are drawing attention to, you mean that it shows that the situation exists.

[V n] The example of the United States illustrates this point...

[V n] This change is neatly illustrated by what has happened to the Arab League...

[V wh] The incident graphically illustrates how parlous their position is...

[V that] The case also illustrates that some women are now trying to fight back.

Syn:
demonstrate, exemplify
2) VERB If you use an example, story, or diagram to illustrate a point, you use it show that what you are saying is true or to make your meaning clearer.

[V n] Let me give another example to illustrate this difficult point...

[V n with n] Throughout, she illustrates her analysis with excerpts from discussions.

Derived words:
illustration [[t]ɪ̱ləstre͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu prep N

Here, by way of illustration, are some extracts from our new catalogue.

3) VERB If you illustrate a book, you put pictures, photographs or diagrams into it.

[V n] She went on to art school and is now illustrating a book...

[V n with n] He has illustrated the book with black-and-white photographs.

Derived words:
illustrated ADJ-GRADED

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout.

illustration N-UNCOUNT

...the world of children's book illustration.


English dictionary. 2008.

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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

  • illustrate */*/*/ — 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… …   English dictionary

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