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illustrate

il·lus·trate

illustrate

 
 
pronunciation:
I l streIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: illustrated, illustrates, illustrating
definition 1: to explain or clarify by giving examples or presenting a graphic representation.
My father always used examples from his own life experience to illustrate his point.The gym teacher illustrated how the move should be done by demonstrating it herself.The drawing on the opposite page helped illustrate the concept.
synonyms:
demonstrate, exemplify
similar words:
clarify, delineate, elucidate, evince, exhibit, explain, explicate, illuminate, manifest, present, represent, show
definition 2: to provide pictures or drawings for (a book, story, or other work).
The artist illustrated the book with very detailed drawings.
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similar words:
delineate, depict, draw, embellish, illuminate, portray, represent, sketch
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make something clear with examples.
Your last point isn't clear to me; could you please illustrate?
similar words:
elucidate, explain
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derivation: illustrated (adj.)
Word History
Illustrate comes from a Latin word that means "light up." The words "luster" and "lustrous" come from related Latin words.
Word Builder: illustrate +
  • illustrated:
    having pictures.
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