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Pronunciation:  'ilu`streyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  clarify by giving an example of
  2. [v]  e.g., illustrate a book with drawings
  3. [v]  depict with an illustration

ILLUSTRATE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: exemplify, instance
 See Also: adorn, beautify, decorate, depict, dilate, elaborate, embellish, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, grace, lucubrate, ornament, picture, render, show



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    1. To make clear, bright, or luminous.
             Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.
    2. To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or
       conspicuously. --Shak.
             To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.
    3. To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to
       elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures,
       comparisons, and examples.
    4. To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to
       elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
    5. To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to
       glorify. [Obs.]
             Matter to me of glory, whom their hate Illustrates.
  2. \Il*lus"trate\, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.]
    Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.]
          This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman.
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