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verb [transitive] illustrate pronunciation in American English /ˈɪləˌstreɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleillustrating
past tenseillustrated
past participleillustrated
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  1. 1
    to show what something is like, or to show that something is true
    The following examples illustrate our approach to customer service.
    The case of Mrs. King illustrates the importance of consulting your doctor.
    illustrate a point: Miriam quoted three case studies to illustrate her point.
    1. a.
      to show something by using pictures, diagrams, lists of numbers, etc.
      The process is illustrated in Figure 4.6.
  2. 2
    to draw the pictures in a book, or to put pictures in a book
    She has illustrated several children’s books.
    fully/lavishly/beautifully illustrated: The cookbook is beautifully illustrated with color photographs.
    1. a.
      to use pictures in a talk, document, etc.
      an illustrated talk on her travels in India


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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