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"illustration" in British English

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illustrationnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌɪl.əˈstreɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɪl.əˈstreɪ.ʃən/
C1 a picture in a book, magazine, etc. or the process of illustrating something: a full-page illustration colour/black and white illustrations

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C2 an example that explains or proves something: This delay is a perfect illustration of why we need a new computer system. A couple of examples are included, by way of illustration (= to show the meaning more clearly).

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

"illustration" in American English

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illustrationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌɪl·əˈstreɪ·ʃən/
a picture: [C] Look at the illustration on page 37.
An illustration is also an example that makes something easier to understand, or the giving of such examples: [C] That’s a perfect illustration of the problem.
(Definition of illustration from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"illustration" in Business English

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illustrationnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌɪləˈstreɪʃən/
an example that shows something: In our illustration of how much your initial investment might be worth at term, we are assuming an 8% rate of return.
(Definition of illustration from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “illustration”
in Arabic رَسْم إيضاحي…
in Korean 삽화…
in Portuguese ilustração…
in Catalan il·lustració…
in Japanese イラスト…
in Chinese (Simplified) 阐明, 例证,实例…
in Turkish resim, şekil, (kitap…
in Russian иллюстрация, пример…
in Chinese (Traditional) 闡明, 例證,實例…
in Italian illustrazione…
in Polish ilustracja, przykład…
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