Illustrate
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. [1913 Webster]

Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To prove him, and illustrate his high worth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples. [1913 Webster]

4. To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance. [1913 Webster]

5. To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Matter to me of glory, whom their hate Illustrates. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • Illustrate — Il*lus trate, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.] Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illustrate — [v1] demonstrate, exemplify allegorize, bring home*, clarify, clear, clear up, delineate, depict, disclose, draw a picture*, elucidate, emblematize, embody, emphasize, epitomize, evidence, evince, exhibit, explain, expose, expound, get across*,… …   New thesaurus

  • illustrate — I verb cite, clarify, define, demonstrate, display, elucidate, enlighten, exemplify, exhibit, explain, expound, furnish an example, give an instance, illuminate, inlustrare, instance, interpret, make evident, make plain, make vivid, manifest,… …   Law dictionary

  • illustrate — (v.) 1520s, light up, shed light on; 1610s, educate by means of examples, back formation from illustration, and in some cases from L. illustratus, pp. of illustrare (see ILLUSTRATION (Cf. illustration)). Sense of provide pictures to explain or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • illustrate — 1 enlighten, illuminate, illumine, light, lighten Analogous words: *adorn, embellish: expose, exhibit, display, *show: *reveal, disclose, discover Antonyms: dim 2 *exemplify Analogous words: elucidate, interpret …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • illustrate — ► VERB 1) provide (a book or periodical) with pictures. 2) make clear by using examples, charts, etc. 3) serve as an example of. DERIVATIVES illustrator noun. ORIGIN Latin illustrare light up …   English terms dictionary

  • illustrate — [il′ə strāt΄; ] also [ i lus′trāt΄] vt. illustrated, illustrating [< L illustratus, pp. of illustrare, to light up, illuminate < in , in + lustrare, to illuminate < lustrum: see LUSTRUM] 1. a) to make clear; explain b) to make clear or… …   English World dictionary

  • illustrate — verb 1 put pictures in sth ADVERB ▪ copiously (esp. AmE), generously, heavily, lavishly, profusely (esp. AmE), richly ▪ fully ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • illustrate — il|lus|trate W2 [ˈıləstreıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of illustrare, from lustrare to make pure or bright ] 1.) to make the meaning of something clearer by giving examples ▪ Let me give an example to illustrate… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • illustrate */*/*/ — UK [ˈɪləstreɪt] / US [ˈɪləˌstreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms illustrate : present tense I/you/we/they illustrate he/she/it illustrates present participle illustrating past tense illustrated past participle illustrated 1) a) to show what… …   English dictionary

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