from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To clarify, as by use of examples or comparisons: The editor illustrated the definition with an example sentence.
- transitive v. To clarify by serving as an example or comparison: The example sentence illustrated the meaning of the word.
- transitive v. To provide (a publication) with explanatory or decorative features: illustrated the book with colorful drawings.
- transitive v. Obsolete To illuminate.
- intransitive v. To present a clarification, example, or explanation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shed light upon; to illuminate.
- v. To clarify something by giving, or serving as, an example or a comparison.
- v. To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make clear, bright, or luminous.
- transitive v. To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously.
- transitive v. To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples.
- transitive v. To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
- transitive v. To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify.
- adj. Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To illuminate; make clear, bright, or luminous.
- To give honor or distinction to; make distinguished or illustrious; glorify.
- To make plain and conspicuous to the mind; display vividly; also, to make clear or intelligible; elucidate.
- To elucidate or ornament by means of pictures, drawings, etc.
- Famous; renowned; illustrious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. depict with an illustration
- v. supply with illustrations
- v. clarify by giving an example of
Latin illūstrāre, illūstrāt- : in-, in; + lūstrāre, to make bright.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)