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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: illustrate /ˈɪləˌstreɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyillustrate
he/she/itillustrates
present participleillustrating
past tenseillustrated
past participleillustrated
  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.

  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

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