from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To clarify or explain, as by the use of examples or comparisons.
  • intransitive verb To serve as an example or clarification of.
  • intransitive verb To provide (a text) with explanatory or decorative images.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To light up; illuminate.
  • intransitive verb To present a clarification, example, or explanation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Famous; renowned; illustrious.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious.
  • transitive verb To make clear, bright, or luminous.
  • transitive verb To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously.
  • transitive verb To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples.
  • transitive verb To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
  • transitive verb obsolete To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete To shed light upon; to illuminate.
  • verb To clarify something by giving, or serving as, an example or a comparison.
  • verb To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb depict with an illustration
  • verb supply with illustrations
  • verb clarify by giving an example of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin illūstrāre, illūstrāt- : in-, in; see in– + lūstrāre, to make bright; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]


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