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Definitions for illustrate
ˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪtil·lus·trate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exemplify, illustrate, instanceverb

    clarify by giving an example of

  2. illustrateverb

    depict with an illustration

  3. illustrateverb

    supply with illustrations

    "illustrate a book with drawings"

Wiktionary

  1. illustrateverb

    To shed light upon; to illuminate.

  2. illustrateverb

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

  3. illustrateverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ILLUSTRATEverb

    Etymology: illustro, Latin; illustrer, Fr.

    Matter to me of glory! whom their hate
    Illustrates, when they see all regal pow'r
    Giv'n me to quell their pride. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Thee she enroll'd her garter'd knights among,
    Illustrating the noble list. Phillips.

    They take up popular conceits, and from tradition unjustifiable, or really false, illustrate matters of undeniable truth. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illustrateverb

    to make clear, bright, or luminous

  2. Illustrateverb

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

  3. Illustrateverb

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

  4. Illustrateverb

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

  5. Illustrateverb

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

  6. Illustrateadjective

    illustrated; distinguished; illustrious

  7. Etymology: [L. illustratus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illustrate

    il-lus′trāt, or il′us-trāt, v.t. to make distinguished: to make clear to the mind: to explain: to explain and adorn by pictures.—adj. (Shak.) renowned.—n. Illustrā′tion, act of making lustrous or clear: act of explaining: that which illustrates: a picture or diagram.—adjs. Illus′trative, Illus′tratory, having the quality of making clear or explaining.—adv. Illus′tratively.—n. Illus′trator.—adj. Illus′trious, morally bright, distinguished: noble: conspicuous: conferring honour.—adv. Illus′triously.—n. Illus′triousness. [L. illustrāre, -ātum, to light up—illustris, prob. in, in, lux, lucis, light.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illustrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illustrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of illustrate in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

  2. Lawrence Yun:

    Significant price increases throughout the country simply illustrate strong demand and record-low housing supply, the record-high home prices are happening across nearly all markets, big and small, even in those metros that have long been considered off-the-radar in prior years for many home seekers.

  3. Hao Zhou:

    To cope with this risk, monetary policy could illustrate further easing bias. For the FX market, risk-off mode is likely to dominate for the time being.

  4. Ben Cowling:

    For this outbreak, I think they'll be down to zero fairly soon, but it does illustrate the risks of Covid still in a zero Covid strategy, this won't be the last outbreak -- there will be more outbreaks in the months to come.

  5. Confucius:

    What the great learning teaches, is to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence.

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