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used in Outliers

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to help make clear — typically by example
  • But the Renee tape is one of his favorites because of how beautifully it illustrates what he considers to be the secret to learning mathematics.
    Chapter 8 (79% in)
illustrates = helps make clear
  • He constructed out of odds and ends (typewriter ribbon spools, for example) a homemade clock of the pendular type to illustrate some of the principles of chronometry, and this clock was set up before the class during the enrichment unit on 'Time and Time Keeping' to demonstrate some of the principles of chronometry.
    Chapter 3 (18% in)
  • illustrate = help make clear
  • The Avianca accident so perfectly illustrates the characteristics of the "modern" plane crash that it is studied in flight schools.
    Chapter 7 (19% in)
  • illustrates = helps make clear
  • Sohn gives the following conversation as an illustration, an exchange between an employee (Mr. Kim) and his boss, a division chief (Kwacang).
    Chapter 7 (87% in)
illustration = something that helps clarify or demonstrate

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
There are no more uses of "illustrate" in Outliers.

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