Definitions for: Illustrate


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.
--Chapman.

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

To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.
--Milton.

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.
--Milton.


Il*lus"trate, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.]
Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.]

This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman.
--Shak.

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

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