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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
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Present Perfect
I have illustrated
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we have illustrated
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Past Continuous
I was illustrating
you were illustrating
he/she/it was illustrating
we were illustrating
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Past Perfect
I had illustrated
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we had illustrated
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Future
I will illustrate
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we will illustrate
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Future Perfect
I will have illustrated
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we will have illustrated
you will have illustrated
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Future Continuous
I will be illustrating
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we will be illustrating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been illustrating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been illustrating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I 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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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 ?
Little Raphael," as her sisters called her, had a decided talent for drawing, and was never so happy as when copying flowers, designing fairies, or illustrating stories with queer specimens of art.
as illustrating manners, is still more curious than the King and the Hermit; but it is foreign to the present purpose.
Bell was illustrating some of the mysteries of acoustics by the aid of a piano.
Only at our University in some of the very highest and most esoteric classes -- which I myself have never been privileged to attend -- it is understood that the sparing use of Colour is still sanctioned for the purpose of illustrating some of the deeper problems of mathematics.
The nature of the route we now pursued struck me more forcibly than anything I had yet seen, as illustrating the indolent disposition of the islanders.
What government failed to effect, however, with all its patronage and all its agents, was at length brought about by the enterprise and perseverance of a single merchant, one of its adopted citizens; and this brings us to speak of the individual whose enterprise is the especial subject of the following pages; a man whose name and character are worthy of being enrolled in the history of commerce, as illustrating its noblest aims and soundest maxims.
He lives on the little he can get from illustrating advertisements.