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Meaning of “illustrate” in the English Dictionary

"illustrate" in British English

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illustrateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɪl.ə.streɪt/
  • illustrate verb [T] (DRAW PICTURES)

B2 to ​drawpictures for a ​book, ​magazine, etc.: a ​beautifully illustrated ​book/​oldmanuscript
  • illustrate verb [T] (EXPLAIN)

C1 to show the ​meaning or ​truth of something more ​clearly, ​especially by giving ​examples: The ​lecturer illustrated his ​point with a ​diagram on the ​blackboard. This ​latestconflictfurther illustrates the ​weakness of the UN. [+ question word] The ​exhibition will illustrate howlifeevolved from ​water.

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(Definition of illustrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"illustrate" in American English

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illustrateverb [T]

 us   /ˈɪl·əˌstreɪt/
to ​addpictures to something, such as a ​book: She writes children’s ​books and also illustrates them. To illustrate is also to show the ​meaning or ​truth of something more ​clearly by giving ​examples: To illustrate her ​point, she told a ​story about how her ​familyfelt when they moved here.
(Definition of illustrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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