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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word illustrate.

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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illustrateverb

    to make clear, bright, or luminous

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

  2. Illustrateverb

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

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

  3. Illustrateverb

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

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

  4. Illustrateverb

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

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

  5. Illustrateverb

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

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

  6. Illustrateadjective

    illustrated; distinguished; illustrious

    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. Caitlin Oakley:

    Actions announced today on list prices further illustrate the perverse incentives of America's drug pricing system, drug companies raising their prices and offsetting them with higher rebates benefits everyone but the consumer, who routinely pays out of pocket based on list price.

  2. De Palma:

    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.

  3. Chamber President Joerg Wuttke:

    These worrying trends illustrate how excessive tightening of Internet controls can choke business growth and stifle investment in technology and research and development, it is therefore hugely dispiriting to see numerous member companies actively scaling back investment and expansion, and diverting their spending to other markets.

  4. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    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.

  5. Susan Collins:

    Some of the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important, i am thinking in particular not of the allegations raised by Professor Blasey Ford, but of the allegation that, when Blasey Ford was Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh drugged multiple girls and used their weakened state to facilitate gang rape.

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