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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.   (=demonstrate)  
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  
  illustrated      adj  
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout.     
   illustration             n-uncount  
...the world of children's book illustration.     
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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.   (=demonstrate)  
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  
  illustrated      adj  
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout.     
   illustration             n-uncount  
...the world of children's book illustration.     


illustration            ( illustrations    plural  )
1       n-count   An illustration    is an example or a story which is used to make a point clear.      
oft N of n  
...a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences.     
2       n-count   An illustration    in a book is a picture, design, or diagram.      
She looked like a princess in a nineteenth-century illustration.     
3   
    illustrate  

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illustration

  
1    analogy, case, case in point, clarification, demonstration, elucidation, example, exemplification, explanation, instance, interpretation, specimen  
2    adornment, decoration, figure, picture, plate, sketch  

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