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- (obsolete) To shed light upon; to illuminate.
- Were the Moon smooth, as a looking glass, a very small part would be seen by any particular eye to be illustrated by the Sun.
- (Can we date this quote by Chapman and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.
- 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: Printed by 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; to glorify.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Matter to me of glory, whom their hate / Illustrates.
to give as an example
to add explanatory or decoratory features
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illustrate f pl
- second-person plural present of
- second-person plural imperative of
- feminine plural past participle of