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1  —as in:
as illustrated by this example
Definition to help make clear — typically by example
  • Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This example will help illustrate my point
  • illustrate = make clear
  • This diagram illustrates the relationships I've mentioned.
  • illustrates = helps make clear
  • A pie chart showing expense by category would be illustrative.
  • illustrative = serving to help explain or demonstrate something
  • We all waited patiently for father's story to develop, because we knew he had a way of telling stories that very clearly illustrated the point he wanted to make.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • illustrated = helped make clear
  • I always illustrate my lecture with a lot of technical examples.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • illustrate = help make clear
  • To believe in things that you cannot. Let me illustrate. I heard once of...
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • illustrate = help make clear
  • This sentence clearly illustrates that she's not exactly what you'd call modest!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • illustrates = helps make clear
  • As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • illustrate = help make clear
  • ...and is whipped for being hard to please! I have an abundance of such illustrations of the same principle, drawn from my own observation, but think the cases I have cited sufficient.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
illustrations = stories to clarify or demonstrate

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2  —as in:
an illustrated children's book
Definition to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
  • I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The directions to assemble it have accompanying illustrations that identify each part.
  • illustrations = drawings
  • The magazine is called "Sports Illustrated" because of the photos.
  • illustrated = with pictures
  • Last night, for example, Margot was reading a book with beautiful illustrations; she got up and put the book aside for later.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • illustrations = pictures
  • 'But I've lots of illustrated papers left.' He turned to the pile of papers in the corner and took up a heap six inches thick.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • illustrated = with drawings
  • He was also a good illustrator, and he drew the pictures for his own books.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • illustrator = someone who draws pictures
  • She used to be a children's-book illustrator.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • illustrator = someone who draws pictures to accompany a book or other writing
  • Many months later, he would also paint over the cover of that book and give it a new title, after one of the stories he would write and illustrate inside it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
  • She was dressed to play golf, and I remember thinking she looked like a good illustration, her chin raised a little jauntily, her hair the color of an autumn leaf, her face the same brown tint as the fingerless glove on her knee.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • illustration = drawing
  • Some of the potions had effects almost too gruesome to think about, and there were some very unpleasant illustrations, which included a man who seemed to have been turned inside out and a witch sprouting several extra pairs of arms out of her head.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
illustrations = pictures

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