illustrate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from illustration.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪl.əˌstɹeɪt/, /ɪ.ˈlʌs.tɹeɪt/
  • (file)
    (/ˈɪl.jəsˌtɹeɪt/)

Verb[edit]

illustrate (third-person singular simple present illustrates, present participle illustrating, simple past and past participle illustrated)

  1. (obsolete) To shed light upon.
    Synonyms: illuminate; see also Thesaurus:illuminate
  2. (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[1]:
      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.
  3. To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.
    The economics textbook was illustrated with many graphs.
  4. (obsolete) To give renown or honour to; to make illustrious.
    Synonym: glorify

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “illustrate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

illustrate f pl

  1. feminine plural of illustrato

Verb[edit]

illustrate

  1. second-person plural present of illustrare
  2. second-person plural imperative of illustrare
  3. feminine plural past participle of illustrare

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

illūstrāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of illūstrātus