US: /ˈɪɫəˌstɹeɪt/
UK: /ˈɪləstɹˌe‍ɪt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

illustrate /i'ləstreit/
  • ngoại động từ
    • minh hoạ, làm rõ ý (bài giảng... bằng tranh, thí dụ...)
    • in tranh ảnh (trên báo chí, sách)
      • illustrated magazine: báo ảnh
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) soi sáng, chiếu sáng, làm sáng tỏ
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) làm nổi tiếng, làm rạng danh

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 [VN] [usually passive] ~ sth (with sth) to use pictures, photographs, diagrams, etc. in a book, etc: an illustrated textbook + His lecture was illustrated with slides taken during the expedition.
2 to make the meaning of sth clearer by using examples, pictures, etc: [VN] To illustrate my point, let me tell you a little story. + Last year's sales figures are illustrated in Figure 2. [also V wh-]
3 to show that sth is true or that a situation exists
[VN] The incident illustrates the need for better security measures. [also V wh-, V that]

Thesaurus dictionary

1 instance, exemplify, demonstrate:
Let me illustrate my point with the following example.
2 picture, illuminate, grangerize; decorate, embellish, emblazon, ornament, adorn:
We are looking for an artist to illustrate the book.

Collocation dictionary

1 put pictures in sth


heavily, lavishly, richly | fully | attractively, beautifully, delightfully, handsomely, superbly


The new edition is heavily illustrated with photographs of aircraft.

2 make sth clear using examples/pictures


amply | admirably, aptly, neatly, nicely, well
The dire consequences of chronic underfunding are nowhere better illustrated than in the nation's schools.
| perfectly | merely, simply
His question merely illustrates his ignorance of the subject.
| clearly, dramatically, graphically, strikingly, vividly | brutally, starkly, tragically
The case tragically illustrates the dangers of fireworks.


serve to
Two examples serve to illustrate this point.
| be chosen to, be designed to, be intended to


a way of illustrating to the chairman the folly of his decision

Concise English dictionary

+clarify by giving an example of
+depict with an illustration
+supply with illustrations