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illustrate    : ['ɪləstr,et]
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.
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Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.
--Chapman.
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2. To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or
conspicuously. --Shak.
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To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.
--Milton.
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3. To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to
elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures,
comparisons, and examples.
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4. To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to
elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
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5. To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to
glorify. [Obs.]
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Matter to me of glory, whom their hate
Illustrates. --Milton.
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Illustrate \Il*lus"trate\, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.]
Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.]
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This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman.
--Shak.
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illustrate
v 1: clarify by giving an example of [synonym: {exemplify},
{illustrate}, {instance}]
2: depict with an illustration
3: supply with illustrations; "illustrate a book with drawings"

102 Moby Thesaurus words for "illustrate":
account for, adorn, adumbrate, allegorize, approve, argue, attest,
bespeak, betoken, body forth, breathe, call to mind, cite,
cite a particular, clarify, clear up, connote, crack, decipher,
decorate, demonstrate, demythologize, denote, display, document,
elucidate, embellish, emblazon, embody, enlighten, euhemerize,
evidence, evince, example, exemplify, exhibit, explain,
explain away, explicate, exposit, expound, express, figure,
foreshadow, furnish evidence, give a for-instance,
give indication of, give reason for, give the meaning, go to show,
illuminate, image, impersonate, imply, incarnate, indicate,
instance, involve, itemize, make clear, make plain, manifest, mark,
mirror, name, ornament, particularize, personate, personify,
picture, point to, popularize, prefigure, pretypify, project,
quote, rationalize, realize, reflect, set forth, shadow,
shadow forth, shed light upon, show, show how, show signs of,
show the way, signalize, signify, simplify, solve,
speak for itself, speak volumes, spell out, suggest, symptomatize,
tell, tend to show, throw light upon, unfold, unlock, unravel




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  • ILLUSTRATE | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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  • ILLUSTRATE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    illustrate verb [ T ] (EXPLAIN) C1 to show the meaning or truth of something more clearly, especially by giving examples: The lecturer illustrated his point with a diagram on the blackboard This latest conflict further illustrates the weakness of the UN
  • Illustrate definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    If you say that something illustrates a situation that you are drawing attention to, you mean that it shows that the situation exists The example of the United States illustrates this point The situation illustrates how vulnerable the president is 2 transitive verb If you use an example, story
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    1 a word, idiom, or feature of the English language occurring in or borrowed by another language 2 U S a Briticism 3 any manner, idea, or custom typical of the English people
  • English | Definition of English at Dictionary. com
    belonging or relating to, or spoken or written in, the English language: a high-school English class; an English translation of a Spanish novel noun the people of England collectively, especially as distinguished from the Scots, Welsh, and Irish
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    Definition of illustrate in the AudioEnglish org Dictionary Meaning of illustrate What does illustrate mean? Proper usage and pronunciation (in phonetic transcription) of the word illustrate Information about illustrate in the AudioEnglish org dictionary, synonyms and antonyms (English proverb) "The mountains shake but do not fall "
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