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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
they illustrate
Preterite
I illustrated
you illustrated
he/she/it illustrated
we illustrated
you illustrated
they illustrated
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
they have illustrated
Past Continuous
I was illustrating
you were illustrating
he/she/it was illustrating
we were illustrating
you were illustrating
they were illustrating
Past Perfect
I had illustrated
you had illustrated
he/she/it had illustrated
we had illustrated
you had illustrated
they had illustrated
Future
I will illustrate
you will illustrate
he/she/it will illustrate
we will illustrate
you will illustrate
they will illustrate
Future Perfect
I will have illustrated
you will have illustrated
he/she/it will have illustrated
we will have illustrated
you will have illustrated
they will have illustrated
Future Continuous
I will be illustrating
you will be illustrating
he/she/it will be illustrating
we will be illustrating
you will be illustrating
they will be illustrating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been illustrating
you have been illustrating
he/she/it has been illustrating
we have been illustrating
you have been illustrating
they have been illustrating
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
you will have been illustrating
they will have been illustrating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been illustrating
you had been illustrating
he/she/it had been illustrating
we had been illustrating
you had been illustrating
they had been illustrating
Conditional
I would illustrate
you would illustrate
he/she/it would illustrate
we would illustrate
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Past Conditional
I would have illustrated
you would have illustrated
he/she/it would have illustrated
we would have illustrated
you 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 ?
As the Huron used his native language, the prisoners, notwithstanding the caution of the natives had kept them within the swing of their tomahawks, could only conjecture the substance of his harangue from the nature of those significant gestures with which an Indian always illustrates his eloquence.
By itself this sufficiently illustrates the obvious fact I drive at.
Mightie Father, thou thy foes Justly hast in derision, and secure Laugh'st at thir vain designes and tumults vain, Matter to mee of Glory, whom thir hate Illustrates, when they see all Regal Power Giv'n me to quell thir pride, and in event Know whether I be dextrous to subdue Thy Rebels, or be found the worst in Heav'n.
At any rate, whatever as coming from the god was imparted to those present seemed to be generally of a complimentary nature: a fact which illustrates the sagacity of Kolory, or else the timeserving disposition of this hardly used deity.
The sentence is confused, but the better illustrates Lucy's state of mind, for she was trying to talk to Mr.
Even indirectly the history of the stage illustrates life, and affords many unexpected lights on historical characters.
Now this illustrates the value of imagination," Charley was saying.
This ridiculous picture well illustrates the heartless conduct of the masters.
If we suppose the amount of change between each horizontal line in our diagram to be excessively small, these three forms may still be only well-marked varieties; or they may have arrived at the doubtful category of sub-species; but we have only to suppose the steps in the process of modification to be more numerous or greater in amount, to convert these three forms into well-defined species: thus the diagram illustrates the steps by which the small differences distinguishing varieties are increased into the larger differences distinguishing species.
Their conduct on first seeing a ship, as described by Captain Cook, strongly illustrates this: the act of throwing volleys of stones at so great and novel an object, and their defiance of "Come on shore and we will kill and eat you all," shows uncommon boldness.
It is a sound admirably suited to swamps and twilight woods which no day illustrates, suggesting a vast and undeveloped nature which men have not recognized.
He illustrates his meaning by the analogy of paint as it appears in a paint-shop and as it appears in a picture: in the one case it is just "saleable matter," while in the other it "performs a spiritual function.