illustrate ( illustrates 3rd person present) ( illustrating present participle) ( illustrated past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you say that something illustrates a situation that you are drawing attention to, you mean that it shows that the situation exists.
The example of the United States illustrates this point... V n
The incident graphically illustrates how parlous their position is... V wh
The case also illustrates that some women are now trying to fight back. V that
2 verb If you use an example, story, or diagram to illustrate a point, you use it show that what you are saying is true or to make your meaning clearer.
Let me give another example to illustrate this difficult point... V n
Throughout, she illustrates her analysis with excerpts from discussions. V n with n
illustration n-uncount usu prep N
Here, by way of illustration, are some extracts from our new catalogue.
3 verb If you illustrate a book, you put pictures, photographs or diagrams into it.
She went on to art school and is now illustrating a book... V n
He has illustrated the book with black-and-white photographs. V n with n
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout.
...the world of children's book illustration.
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