Definitions for illustrateˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

il•lus•trateˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪt(v.)-trat•ed, -trat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to furnish with.

  2. to make intelligible with examples.

  3. (v.i.)to clarify one's words with examples.

Origin of illustrate:

1520–30; < L illustrātus, ptp. of illustrāre to illuminate, make clear, give glory to; see il-1, luster1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. exemplify, illustrate, instance(verb)

    clarify by giving an example of

  2. illustrate(verb)

    depict with an illustration

  3. illustrate(verb)

    supply with illustrations

    "illustrate a book with drawings"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. illustrate(verb)ˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪt

    to give examples of sth in order to explain or prove it

    He told a story to illustrate his point.

  2. illustrateˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪt

    to draw pictures in a book, magazine, etc.

    I illustrate children's books.


  1. illustrate(Verb)

    To shed light upon; to illuminate.

  2. illustrate(Verb)

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

  3. illustrate(Verb)

    To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illustrate(verb)

    to make clear, bright, or luminous

  2. Illustrate(verb)

    to set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously

  3. Illustrate(verb)

    to make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples

  4. Illustrate(verb)

    to adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance

  5. Illustrate(verb)

    to give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify

  6. Illustrate(adj)

    illustrated; distinguished; illustrious

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illustrate' in Verbs Frequency: #369

Translations for illustrate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to provide (a book, lecture etc) with pictures, diagrams etc.

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