- Illustrate is defined as to make clear or to tell a story using drawings, pictures, examples or comparisons.
- An example of illustrate is to give an example.
- An example of illustrate is someone drawing pictures for a children's book.
transitive verbillustrated, illustrating
- to make clear; explain
- to make clear or easily understood by examples, comparisons, etc.; exemplify
- to furnish (books, etc.) with explanatory or decorative drawings, designs, or pictures
- to explain or decorate: said of pictures, etc.
- to make luminous; illuminate
- to enlighten
- to make bright; adorn
- to make illustrious
Origin of illustrate; from Classical Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare, to light up, illuminate ; from in-, in + lustrare, to illuminate ; from lustrum: see lustrum
verbil·lus·trat·ed, il·lus·trat·ing, il·lus·trates
- a. To clarify or explain, as by the use of examples or comparisons: The mayor illustrated the problem with an anecdote.b. To serve as an example or clarification of: a story that illustrates a broader social problem.
- To provide (a text) with explanatory or decorative images: illustrated the book with colorful drawings.
- Obsolete To light up; illuminate.
Origin of illustrateLatin illūstrāre, illūstrāt- : in-, in; see in–2 + lūstrāre, to make bright; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present illustrates, present participle illustrating, simple past and past participle illustrated)