illustrate

illustrate
il|lus|trate
W2 [ˈıləstreıt] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of illustrare, from lustrare 'to make pure or bright']
1.) to make the meaning of something clearer by giving examples
Let me give an example to illustrate the point .
She illustrated her discussion with diagrams.
2.) to be an example which shows that something is true or that a fact exists
illustrate that
This dispute illustrates that the regime is deeply divided.
illustrate how
The following examples illustrate how this operates in practice.
This illustrates a fundamental weakness in the system.
3.) to put pictures in a book, article etc
Over a hundred diagrams, tables and pictures illustrate the book.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Illustrate — Il*lus trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Illustrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Illustrating}.] [L. illustratus, p. p. of illustrare to illustrate, fr. illustris bright. See {Illustrious}.] 1. To make clear, bright, or luminous. [1913 Webster] Here, when the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Illustrate — Il*lus trate, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.] Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illustrate — [v1] demonstrate, exemplify allegorize, bring home*, clarify, clear, clear up, delineate, depict, disclose, draw a picture*, elucidate, emblematize, embody, emphasize, epitomize, evidence, evince, exhibit, explain, expose, expound, get across*,… …   New thesaurus

  • illustrate — I verb cite, clarify, define, demonstrate, display, elucidate, enlighten, exemplify, exhibit, explain, expound, furnish an example, give an instance, illuminate, inlustrare, instance, interpret, make evident, make plain, make vivid, manifest,… …   Law dictionary

  • illustrate — (v.) 1520s, light up, shed light on; 1610s, educate by means of examples, back formation from illustration, and in some cases from L. illustratus, pp. of illustrare (see ILLUSTRATION (Cf. illustration)). Sense of provide pictures to explain or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • illustrate — 1 enlighten, illuminate, illumine, light, lighten Analogous words: *adorn, embellish: expose, exhibit, display, *show: *reveal, disclose, discover Antonyms: dim 2 *exemplify Analogous words: elucidate, interpret …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • illustrate — ► VERB 1) provide (a book or periodical) with pictures. 2) make clear by using examples, charts, etc. 3) serve as an example of. DERIVATIVES illustrator noun. ORIGIN Latin illustrare light up …   English terms dictionary

  • illustrate — [il′ə strāt΄; ] also [ i lus′trāt΄] vt. illustrated, illustrating [< L illustratus, pp. of illustrare, to light up, illuminate < in , in + lustrare, to illuminate < lustrum: see LUSTRUM] 1. a) to make clear; explain b) to make clear or… …   English World dictionary

  • illustrate — verb 1 put pictures in sth ADVERB ▪ copiously (esp. AmE), generously, heavily, lavishly, profusely (esp. AmE), richly ▪ fully ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • illustrate */*/*/ — UK [ˈɪləstreɪt] / US [ˈɪləˌstreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms illustrate : present tense I/you/we/they illustrate he/she/it illustrates present participle illustrating past tense illustrated past participle illustrated 1) a) to show what… …   English dictionary

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