Illustrate definition

ĭlə-strāt, ĭ-lŭstrāt
(obsolete) To light up; illuminate.
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To provide (a text) with explanatory or decorative images.

Illustrated the book with colorful drawings.

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To present a clarification, example, or explanation.
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To offer an example for clarification.
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To make clear; explain.
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To make clear or easily understood by examples, comparisons, etc.; exemplify.
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To furnish (books, etc.) with explanatory or decorative drawings, designs, or pictures.
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To explain or decorate.
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To make illustrious.
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Chapman.

Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.

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To clarify or explain, as by the use of examples or comparisons.

The mayor illustrated the problem with an anecdote.

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To serve as an example or clarification of.

A story that illustrates a broader social problem.

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To clarify something by giving, or serving as, an example or a comparison.
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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.

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To make luminous; illuminate.
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To enlighten.
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To make bright; adorn.
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Origin of illustrate

  • Latin illūstrāre illūstrāt- in- in in–2 lūstrāre to make bright leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition