illustrate

  • 1 Illustrate — Il*lus trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Illustrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Illustrating}.] [L. illustratus, p. p. of illustrare to illustrate, fr. illustris bright. See {Illustrious}.] 1. To make clear, bright, or luminous. [1913 Webster] Here, when the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Illustrate — Il*lus trate, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.] Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 illustrate — [v1] demonstrate, exemplify allegorize, bring home*, clarify, clear, clear up, delineate, depict, disclose, draw a picture*, elucidate, emblematize, embody, emphasize, epitomize, evidence, evince, exhibit, explain, expose, expound, get across*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 illustrate — I verb cite, clarify, define, demonstrate, display, elucidate, enlighten, exemplify, exhibit, explain, expound, furnish an example, give an instance, illuminate, inlustrare, instance, interpret, make evident, make plain, make vivid, manifest,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 illustrate — (v.) 1520s, light up, shed light on; 1610s, educate by means of examples, back formation from illustration, and in some cases from L. illustratus, pp. of illustrare (see ILLUSTRATION (Cf. illustration)). Sense of provide pictures to explain or… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 illustrate — 1 enlighten, illuminate, illumine, light, lighten Analogous words: *adorn, embellish: expose, exhibit, display, *show: *reveal, disclose, discover Antonyms: dim 2 *exemplify Analogous words: elucidate, interpret …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 illustrate — ► VERB 1) provide (a book or periodical) with pictures. 2) make clear by using examples, charts, etc. 3) serve as an example of. DERIVATIVES illustrator noun. ORIGIN Latin illustrare light up …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 illustrate — [il′ə strāt΄; ] also [ i lus′trāt΄] vt. illustrated, illustrating [< L illustratus, pp. of illustrare, to light up, illuminate < in , in + lustrare, to illuminate < lustrum: see LUSTRUM] 1. a) to make clear; explain b) to make clear or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 illustrate — verb 1 put pictures in sth ADVERB ▪ copiously (esp. AmE), generously, heavily, lavishly, profusely (esp. AmE), richly ▪ fully ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 illustrate — il|lus|trate W2 [ˈıləstreıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of illustrare, from lustrare to make pure or bright ] 1.) to make the meaning of something clearer by giving examples ▪ Let me give an example to illustrate… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 illustrate */*/*/ — UK [ˈɪləstreɪt] / US [ˈɪləˌstreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms illustrate : present tense I/you/we/they illustrate he/she/it illustrates present participle illustrating past tense illustrated past participle illustrated 1) a) to show what… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 illustrate — il|lus|trate [ ılə,streıt ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to show what something is like, or show that something is true: The following examples illustrate our approach to customer service. The case of Mrs. King illustrates the importance of… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 illustrate — [[t]ɪ̱ləstreɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ illustrates, illustrating, illustrated 1) VERB If you say that something illustrates a situation that you are drawing attention to, you mean that it shows that the situation exists. [V n] The example of the United States… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 illustrate — verb ( trated; trating) Etymology: Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare, from in + lustrare to purify, make bright more at luster Date: 1526 transitive verb 1. obsolete a. enlighten b. to …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 illustrate — illustratable, adj. /il euh strayt , i lus trayt/, v., illustrated, illustrating. v.t. 1. to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment. 2. to make clear or… …

    Universalium

  • 16 illustrate — 01. The fact that marijuana is now used in some medicines [illustrates] how stupid our current drug laws are. 02. The [illustrations] in some children s story books are beautiful works of art. 03. She studied art for 4 years, and now works as an… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 illustrate — [16] Illustrate is closely related etymologically to illuminate. It goes back to Latin illustrāre, a compound verb formed from the prefix in and lustrāre ‘make bright’, which came from the same base as produced Latin lūmen (source of illuminate)… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 illustrate — verb (T) 1 to make the meaning of something clearer by giving examples: To illustrate the point, Dr Fisher told a story. 2 to be an example which shows that something is true or that a fact exists: Nixon s downfall illustrates the immense power… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 illustrate — verb 1) the photographs that illustrate the book Syn: decorate, adorn, ornament, accompany, embellish; add pictures/drawings to, provide artwork for 2) this can be illustrated through a brief example Syn: explain, explicate, elucidate …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 illustrate — verb 1) the photographs that illustrate the text Syn: decorate, ornament, accompany, support, explain, elucidate, clarify; informal get across/over 2) this can be illustrated through a brief example Syn: demonstrate, show …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary