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illustrate

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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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Right or wrong, Louie's suspicions illustrated how sensitive he was to the idea that he was unworthy of Cynthia.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • illustrated = helped make clear
  • He ground his teeth again and told a story to illustrate his point.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • 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
  • I always illustrate my lecture with a lot of technical examples.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • illustrate = help make clear
  • My father often spoke of the kindness of Akbar Khan and Nasir Pacha to illustrate that if you help someone in need you might also receive unexpected aid.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • 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
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)

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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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • The magazine is called "Sports Illustrated" because of the photos.
  • illustrated = with pictures
  • Lori was working as a freelance artist specializing in fantasy, illustrating calendars and game boards and book jackets.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • illustrating = drawing pictures to accompany
  • "Do you enjoy pictures?" he asked, picking up an illustrated guide to the Louvre that he had borrowed from the basement.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • illustrated = accompanied by pictures or drawings
  • The girl in the illustrations looked nothing like her, and yet it could not be coincidence.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • illustrations = pictures
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • 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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • There was also a science book, which must have been for young children because it was filled with glossy illustrations.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • illustrations = drawings or photographs
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • Instead she would copy pictures, or else she'd colour in the black-and-white illustrations in thick, erudite books of travel and history with her coloured pencils.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • illustrations = pictures
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • '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

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