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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

  • adj. Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

Latin illūstrāre, illūstrāt- : in-, in; + lūstrāre, to make bright.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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