illustrate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

    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 colour photographs.