verb (used with object), il·lus·trat·ed, il·lus·trat·ing.
verb (used without object), il·lus·trat·ed, il·lus·trat·ing.
Origin of illustrate
Examples from the Web for illustrate
This video, courtesy of BuzzFeed, helps to illustrate this phenomenon.
This is likely a lowball number but it has the merit to illustrate the tradeoff that raising the minimum wage requires.
His maquettes, or models, illustrate this, too, in their budding materiality.
As if to illustrate the rampant sexism that still exists, hackers threatened to release nude photos of her after her speech.The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism|Monica Potts|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Humor and historical distance allow me to illustrate how a quack operates in a way that I could not with a contemporary example.The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor'|Penny Lane|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Much additional evidence could readily be given to illustrate this prehistoric origin.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races|Sanger Brown, II
Sermons of Calvin, Bullinger, and Latimer are all that we have to illustrate his work during the next two years.A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898|Henry R. Plomer
Our Edwards and Henries illustrate the almost unrivalled splendour and antiquity of the house of Brunswick.Constitutional History of England, volume 3 of 3|Henry Hallam
Diagrams have been moved next to the text which they illustrate, and may not match the page numbers in the List of Illustrations.Garden Cities of To-Morrow|Ebenezer Howard
I will illustrate this in one instance, and, having done so, it will not be difficult to understand the others.The City of God, Volume II|Aurelius Augustine
Word Origin for illustrate
1520s, "light up, shed light on;" 1610s, "educate by means of examples," back-formation from illustration, and in some cases from Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare (see illustration). Sense of "provide pictures to explain or decorate" is 1630s. Related: Illustrated; illustrating.