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"illustration" in British English

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illustrationnoun [C or U]

uk   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 ​computersystem. 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 ​initialinvestment 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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