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"illustrate" in British English

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illustrateverb [T]

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

B2 to draw pictures for a book, magazine, etc.: a beautifully illustrated book/old manuscript
  • 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 latest conflict further illustrates the weakness of the UN. [+ question word] The exhibition will illustrate how life evolved 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 add pictures 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 family felt when they moved here.
(Definition of illustrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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