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illustrate

[il-uh-streyt, ih-luhs-treyt] /ˈɪl əˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌs treɪt/
verb (used with object), illustrated, illustrating.
1.
to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment.
2.
to make clear or intelligible, as by examples or analogies; exemplify.
3.
Archaic. to enlighten.
verb (used without object), illustrated, illustrating.
4.
to clarify one's words, writings, etc., with examples:
To prevent misunderstandings, let me illustrate.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin illustrātus past participle of illustrāre to illuminate, make clear, give glory to. See il-1, luster1, -ate1
Related forms
illustratable, adjective
overillustrate, verb (used with object), overillustrated, overillustrating.
preillustrate, verb (used with object), preillustrated, preillustrating.
reillustrate, verb (used with object), reillustrated, reillustrating.
superillustrate, verb (used with object), superillustrated, superillustrating.
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British Dictionary definitions for reillustrate

illustrate

/ˈɪləˌstreɪt/
verb
1.
to clarify or explain by use of examples, analogy, etc
2.
(transitive) to be an example or demonstration of
3.
(transitive) to explain or decorate (a book, text, etc) with pictures
4.
(transitive) an archaic word for enlighten
Derived Forms
illustratable, adjective
illustrative, adjective
illustratively, adverb
illustrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin illustrāre to make light, explain, from lustrāre to purify, brighten; see lustrum
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Word Origin and History for reillustrate

illustrate

v.

1520s, "light up, shed light on;" 1610s, "educate by means of examples," back-formation from illustration, and in some cases from Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare (see illustration). Sense of "provide pictures to explain or decorate" is 1630s. Related: Illustrated; illustrating.

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