exemplify, illustrate, instance(verb)
clarify by giving an example of
depict with an illustration
supply with illustrations
"illustrate a book with drawings"
To shed light upon; to illuminate.
To clarify something by giving, or serving as, an example or a comparison.
To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.
to make clear, bright, or luminous
to set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously
to make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples
to adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance
to give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify
illustrated; distinguished; illustrious
Origin: [L. illustratus, p. p.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'illustrate' in Verbs Frequency: #369
The numerical value of illustrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of illustrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media, this is not a cage match.
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media, this is not a cage match.
The opposite is true. And so I thought, you know, to make fun of that and illustrate that she really is not, I'm going to choose that title and run with it.
The genius of it was how they were able to take out their questions and then illustrate the film with all these pieces of other film, and to me its quite amazing.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- esbonio, darlunio, egluroWelsh
- kuvata, kuvittaa, havainnollistaaFinnish
- ilustrar, explikar, lumizar, klarigarIdo
- приводить примеры, иллюстри́ровать, пояснять, делать иллюстрации, оформлятьRussian
- Minh họaVietnamese
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