Simple Definition of illustrate
: 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
Full Definition of illustrate
1 obsolete a : enlighten b : to light up
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
: to give an example or instance
illustratorplay \ˈi-ləs-ˌtrā-tər also i-ˈləs-\ noun
Examples of illustrate in a sentence
He illustrated his lecture with stories of his own experiences in the field.
Please give a few examples to illustrate your point.
The results illustrate how important it is to wear your seatbelt.
The students will write and illustrate their own stories.
Origin and Etymology of illustrate
Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare, from in- + lustrare to purify, make bright — more at luster
First Known Use: 1526
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ILLUSTRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of illustrate for Students
1 : to supply with pictures or diagrams meant to explain or decorate <illustrate a book>
2 : to make clear by using examples <She illustrated her point with stories.>
3 : to serve as an example <The results illustrate the need for planning.>
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