verb (used with object)
to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment.
to make clear or intelligible, as by examples or analogies; exemplify.
verb (used without object)
to clarify one's words, writings, etc., with examples: To prevent misunderstandings, let me illustrate.
Origin: 1520–30; Related forms
< Latin illustrātus
past participle of illustrāre
to illuminate, make clear, give glory to. See il-1
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.