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illustrate

verb il·lus·trate \ˈi-ləs-ˌtrāt also i-ˈləs-\

: to give examples in order to make (something) easier to understand

: to be proof or evidence of (something)

: to explain or decorate a story, book, etc., with pictures

il·lus·trat·edil·lus·trat·ing

Full Definition of ILLUSTRATE

transitive verb
1
obsolete
a :  enlighten
b :  to light up
2
a archaic :  to make illustrious
b obsolete
(1) :  to make bright (2) :  adorn
3
a :  to make clear :  clarify
b :  to make clear by giving or by serving as an example or instance
c :  to provide with visual features intended to explain or decorate <illustrate a book>
4
:  to show clearly :  demonstrate
intransitive verb
:  to give an example or instance
il·lus·tra·tor \ˈi-ləs-ˌtrā-tər also i-ˈləs-\ noun

Examples of ILLUSTRATE

  1. He illustrated his lecture with stories of his own experiences in the field.
  2. Please give a few examples to illustrate your point.
  3. The results illustrate how important it is to wear your seatbelt.
  4. The students will write and illustrate their own stories.

Origin of ILLUSTRATE

Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare, from in- + lustrare to purify, make bright — more at luster
First Known Use: 1526

Rhymes with ILLUSTRATE

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