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illustrate

[ il-uh-streyt, ih-luhs-treyt ]
/ 藞瑟l 蓹藢stre瑟t, 瑟藞l蕦s tre瑟t /
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Definition of illustrate

verb (used with object), il路lus路trat路ed, il路lus路trat路ing.
to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment.
to make clear or intelligible, as by examples or analogies; exemplify.
Archaic. to enlighten.
verb (used without object), il路lus路trat路ed, il路lus路trat路ing.
to clarify one's words, writings, etc., with examples: To prevent misunderstandings, let me illustrate.
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Origin of illustrate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Latin illustr膩tus, past participle of illustr膩re 鈥渢o illuminate, make clear, give glory to鈥; see il-1, luster1, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for illustrate

illustrate
/ (藞瑟l蓹藢stre瑟t) /

verb
to clarify or explain by use of examples, analogy, etc
(tr) to be an example or demonstration of
(tr) to explain or decorate (a book, text, etc) with pictures
(tr) an archaic word for enlighten

Derived forms of illustrate

illustratable, adjectiveillustrative, adjectiveillustratively, adverbillustrator, noun

Word Origin for illustrate

C16: from Latin illustr膩re to make light, explain, from lustr膩re to purify, brighten; see lustrum
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