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verb [transitive] illustrate pronunciation in British English /ˈɪləstreɪt/
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 colour photographs.
    1. a.
      to use pictures in a talk, document etc
      an illustrated talk on her travels in India


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