illustrate








verb (used with object), il·lus·trat·ed, il·lus·trat·ing.

  1. to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment.
  2. to make clear or intelligible, as by examples or analogies; exemplify.
  3. Archaic. to enlighten.

verb (used without object), il·lus·trat·ed, il·lus·trat·ing.

  1. to clarify one’s words, writings, etc., with examples: To prevent misunderstandings, let me illustrate.

verb

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

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.

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