illustrate

verb il·lus·trate \ ˈi-lə-ˌstrāt also i-ˈlə- \

Definition of illustrate

illustrated; illustrating
transitive verb
1 obsolete
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

illustrator

play \ˈi-lə-ˌstrā-tər also i-ˈlə-\ noun

Examples of illustrate in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of illustrate

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


ILLUSTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

illustrate

verb

Definition of illustrate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ILLUSTRATE Defined for Kids

illustrate

verb il·lus·trate \ ˈi-lə-ˌstrāt \

Definition of illustrate for Students

illustrated; illustrating
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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