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il·lus·trate

 (ĭl′ə-strāt′, ĭ-lŭs′trāt′)
v. il·lus·trat·ed, il·lus·trat·ing, il·lus·trates
v.tr.
1.
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.
2. To provide (a text) with explanatory or decorative images: illustrated the book with colorful drawings.
3. Obsolete To light up; illuminate.
v.intr.
To present a clarification, example, or explanation.

[Latin illūstrāre, illūstrāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + lūstrāre, to make bright; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

il′lus·trat′a·ble adj.
il′lus·tra′tor n.

illustrate

(ˈɪləˌstreɪt)
vb
1. to clarify or explain by use of examples, analogy, etc
2. (tr) to be an example or demonstration of
3. (tr) to explain or decorate (a book, text, etc) with pictures
4. (tr) an archaic word for enlighten
[C16: from Latin illustrāre to make light, explain, from lustrāre to purify, brighten; see lustrum]
ˈillusˌtratable adj
ˈillusˌtrative, ˈillusˌtratory adj
ˈillusˌtratively adv
ˈillusˌtrator n

il•lus•trate

(ˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪt)

v. -trat•ed, -trat•ing. v.t.
1. to furnish with.
2. to make intelligible with examples.
v.i.
3. to clarify one's words with examples.
[1520–30; < Latin illustrātus, past participle of illustrāre to illuminate, make clear, give glory to; see il-1, luster1]
il′lus•tra`tor, n.

illustrate


Past participle: illustrated
Gerund: illustrating

Imperative
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Present
I illustrate
you illustrate
he/she/it illustrates
we illustrate
you illustrate
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Preterite
I illustrated
you illustrated
he/she/it illustrated
we illustrated
you illustrated
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Present Continuous
I am illustrating
you are illustrating
he/she/it is illustrating
we are illustrating
you are illustrating
they are illustrating
Present Perfect
I have illustrated
you have illustrated
he/she/it has illustrated
we have illustrated
you have illustrated
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Past Continuous
I was illustrating
you were illustrating
he/she/it was illustrating
we were illustrating
you were illustrating
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Past Perfect
I had illustrated
you had illustrated
he/she/it had illustrated
we had illustrated
you had illustrated
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Future
I will illustrate
you will illustrate
he/she/it will illustrate
we will illustrate
you will illustrate
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Future Perfect
I will have illustrated
you will have illustrated
he/she/it will have illustrated
we will have illustrated
you will have illustrated
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Future Continuous
I will be illustrating
you will be illustrating
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we will be illustrating
you will be illustrating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been illustrating
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we have been illustrating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been illustrating
you will have been illustrating
he/she/it will have been illustrating
we will have been illustrating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been illustrating
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we had been illustrating
you had been illustrating
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Conditional
I would illustrate
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Past Conditional
I would have illustrated
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we would have illustrated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.illustrate - clarify by giving an example of
elaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, flesh out, exposit, enlarge, expand - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
2.illustrate - depict with an illustration
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
depict, picture, show, render - show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
3.illustrate - supply with illustrations; "illustrate a book with drawings"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

illustrate

verb
1. demonstrate, show, exhibit, emphasize, exemplify, explicate The example of the United States illustrates this point.
2. explain, describe, interpret, sum up, make clear, clarify, summarize, bring home, point up, make plain, elucidate She illustrates her analysis with extracts from interviews and discussions.
3. adorn, ornament, embellish He has illustrated the book with black-and-white photographs.

illustrate

verb
1. To demonstrate and clarify with examples:
2. To serve as an example, image, or symbol of:
3. To make clear or clearer:
Idiom: shed light on (or upon).
Translations
يُزَوِّد كتابا بالصُّوَريُوَضِّح بالأمثِلَه
ilustrovat
belyseillustrere
illusztrál
lÿsa, skÿramyndskreyta
iliustracijailiustratoriusiliustravimasiliustruojantisnušviečiantis
ilustrētpaskaidrot
ilustrovaťznázorniť
ilustriratiponazoritislikovno opremiti
örneklemekresimlendirmek

illustrate

[ˈɪləstreɪt] VT
1. [+ book] → ilustrar
a book illustrated by Ann Milesun libro ilustrado por Ann Miles, un libro con ilustraciones de Ann Miles
2. (= exemplify) [+ subject] → ilustrar; [+ point] → demostrar
I can best illustrate this in the following wayesto puede ilustrarse del modo siguiente

illustrate

[ˈɪləstreɪt] vt
[+ argument] → illustrer
(= show) → illustrer
the incident illustrates how ... → l'incident illustre à quel point ...
The incident illustrates how tricky it is to design a safe system → L'incident illustre à quel point il est difficile de concevoir un système sans danger.
the incident illustrates that ... → l'incident illustre que ...
[+ book, article] → illustrer

illustrate

vt
book, storyillustrieren, bebildern; his lecture was illustrated by coloured slideser veranschaulichte seinen Vortrag mit Farbdias; illustrated (magazine)Illustrierte f

illustrate

[ˈɪləˌstreɪt] vtillustrare

illustrate

(ˈiləstreit) verb
1. to provide (a book, lecture etc) with pictures, diagrams etc.
2. to make (a statement etc) clearer by providing examples etc. Let me illustrate my point; This diagram will illustrate what I mean.
ˈillustrated adjective
having pictures etc. an illustrated catalogue.
ˌilluˈstration noun
1. a picture. coloured illustrations.
2. an example.
3. the act of illustrating.
ˈillustrative (-strətiv) , ((American) iˈlastrətiv) adjective
ˈillustrator noun
a person who draws pictures etc for books etc.
References in classic literature ?
He lightly waved a new handkerchief to illustrate his swallow-like intrusion.
Still, there will be a connection with the long past--a reference to forgotten events and personages, and to manners, feelings, and opinions, almost or wholly obsolete --which, if adequately translated to the reader, would serve to illustrate how much of old material goes to make up the freshest novelty of human life.
Come saints --and sinners, hear me tell,' and den down he'd go,"--and Mose imitated precisely the nasal tones of the old man, tumbling on the floor, to illustrate the supposed catastrophe.
THE ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical.
One often sees them, at the tables in the Castle grounds, using their whips or canes to illustrate some new sword trick which they have heard about; and between the duels, on the day whose history I have been writing, the swords were not always idle; every now and then we heard a succession of the keen hissing sounds which the sword makes when it is being put through its paces in the air, and this informed us that a student was practicing.
To illustrate the effect of slavery on the white man,--to show that he has no powers of endurance, in such a condition, superior to those of his black brother,--DANIEL O'CONNELL, the distinguished advocate of universal emancipation, and the mighti- est champion of prostrate but not conquered Ireland, relates the following anecdote in a speech delivered by him in the Conciliation Hall, Dublin, before the Loyal National Repeal Association, March 31, 1845.
The fireplace was an old one, built by some Dutch merchant long ago, and paved all round with quaint Dutch tiles, designed to illustrate the Scriptures.
That swindling Pumblechook, exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him, to illustrate his remarks.
A charming old Italian writer has laid down the canons of perfect feminine beauty with much nicety in a delicious discourse, which, as he delivered it in a sixteenth- century Florentine garden to an audience of beautiful and noble ladies, an audience not too large to be intimate and not too small to be embarrassing, it was his delightful good fortune and privilege to illustrate by pretty and sly references to the characteristic beauties of the several ladies seated like a ring of roses around him.
I go to judge On Earth these thy transgressors, but thou knowst, Whoever judg'd, the worst on mee must light, When time shall be, for so I undertook Before thee; and not repenting, this obtaine Of right, that I may mitigate thir doom On me deriv'd, yet I shall temper so Justice with Mercie, as may illustrate most Them fully satisfied, and thee appease.
Could I have hoped to render it worthy of your patronage, the public would at once have seen the propriety of inscribing a work designed to illustrate the domestic antiquities of England, and particularly of our Saxon forefathers, to the learned author of the Essays upon the Horn of King Ulphus, and on the Lands bestowed by him upon the patrimony of St Peter.