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Definition of Illustrate


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

Illustrate Quotations

To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in thorough unison with the others in that particular group, and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament, rhythm or technique; she may phrase, accentuate or actually interpret differently.
Florenz Ziegfeld

An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth... Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.
Pope Francis

To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun.
Robert Burton

Taking dishes straight off the restaurant's menu and putting them into a cookbook doesn't work, because as a chef you have your own vision of what your food is, but you can't always explain it. Or you can't pick recipes that best illustrate who and where you are and what you're doing. And if the recipes don't work, you don't have a book.
Marcus Samuelsson

Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times.
Ben Jonson
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Illustrate Translations

illustrate in Dutch is veraanschouwelijken, illustreren
illustrate in Finnish is kuvittaa
illustrate in French is illustrez, illustrent, illustrer, illustrons
illustrate in German is veranschaulichen, veranschaulichen, illustriere
illustrate in Norwegian is illustrere, belyse
illustrate in Portuguese is ilustre
illustrate in Spanish is ilustrar
illustrate in Swedish is belysa, visa, illustrera
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