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- (obsolete) To shed light upon.
- 1614–1615, Homer, “(please specify the book number)”, in Geo[rge] Chapman, transl., Homer’s Odysses. […], London: […] Rich[ard] Field [and William Jaggard], for Nathaniell Butter, published 1615, OCLC 1002865976; republished in The Odysseys of Homer, […], volume (please specify the book number), London: John Russell Smith, […], 1857, OCLC 987451380:
- Here, when the morn illustrates all the sky.
- (figuratively) To clarify something by giving, or serving as, an example or a comparison.
- 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398:
- To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.
- 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, in BBC Sport:
- England were graphically illustrating the huge gulf in class between the sides and it was no surprise when Lampard added the second just before the half hour. Steven Gerrard found his Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson and Lampard arrived in the area with perfect timing to glide a header beyond Namasco.
- We illustrate our definitions by including quotations or simple examples.
- To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.
- The economics textbook was illustrated with many graphs.
- (obsolete) To give renown or honour to; to make illustrious.
- Synonym: glorify
to clarify by giving as an example
to add explanatory or decoratory features
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) , “illustrate”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN
illustrate f pl
- second-person plural present of
- second-person plural imperative of
- feminine plural past participle of