illustrate

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

Definition of illustrate

illustrated

illustrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete a :  enlighten b :  to light up

  3. 2 a archaic :  to make illustrious b obsolete (1) :  to make bright (2) :  adorn

  4. 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>

  5. 4 :  to show clearly :  demonstrate

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to give an example or instance

illustrator

play \ˈi-ləs-ˌtrā-tər also i-ˈləs-\ 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.

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


ILLUSTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

illustrate

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

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

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verb il·lus·trate \ˈi-lə-ˌstrāt\

Definition of illustrate for Students

illustrated

illustrating

  1. 1 :  to supply with pictures or diagrams meant to explain or decorate <illustrate a book>

  2. 2 :  to make clear by using examples <She illustrated her point with stories.>

  3. 3 :  to serve as an example <The results illustrate the need for planning.>



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