Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

illustrate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of illustrate

  1. 1 to show or make clear by using examples <she illustrated her point with a story about her experiences as a field anthropologist> Synonyms demonstrate, exemplify, instance Related Words adduce, cite, mention, quote; name, specify; analyze, break down; clarify, clear (up), explain, explicate, expound; edify, elucidate, enlighten; illuminate; construe, interpret; simplify, spell out; detail, enumerate, list Near Antonyms becloud, blur, cloud, darken, fog, muddy, obscure; confuse, perplex, puzzle

  2. 2 to supplement with pictorial matter for the purpose of explanation or decoration <lavishly illustrated the monograph on Caravaggio with color plates> Synonyms illuminate, pictorialize Related Words image, picture, visualize

  3. 3 to make plain or understandable <the recent devastating fire illustrates the need for improved safety codes> Synonyms clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, explain, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddleRelated Words decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, glossNear Antonyms befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscateAntonyms obscure





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up illustrate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).