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illustrated (ˈɪləstreɪtɪd) 



  1. (of a book, text, etc) decorated with or making use of pictures   ⇒ The book is beautifully illustrated throughout., a beautifully illustrated prayer book, lavishly illustrated with colour photographs
The abbreviation for illustrated is illust. or illus.


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= pictured, decorated, illuminated, embellished, pictorial, with illustrations, graphic

illustrate (ˈɪləˌstreɪt Pronunciation for illustrate



  1. to clarify or explain by use of examples, analogy, etc
  2. (transitive) to be an example or demonstration of
  3. (transitive) to explain or decorate (a book, text, etc) with pictures
  4. (transitive) an archaic word for enlighten

Derived Forms

ˈillusˌtratable adjective
ˈillusˌtrative, ˈillusˌtratory adjective
ˈillusˌtratively adverb
ˈillusˌtrator noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin illustrāre to make light, explain, from lustrāre to purify, brighten; see lustrum

Example Sentences Including 'illustrated'

'What I would like to do is to do illustrated books for grown-ups.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
CONNACHT Galway Three years ago Galway's championship campaign illustrated all the pitfalls of defending an All-Ireland.
Irish Times (2002)
He flipped through the book, which was amply illustrated.
Clive Barker GALILEE (2001)
He illustrated his theory with a parable about a village pastureland, or commons.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The State even taught him how to use condoms, the procedure illustrated with precise, anatomically correct drawings.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
The pages remain open when you put the book down and it is illustrated with small, evocative line drawings.
Country Life (2004)
This was illustrated by the fact that he met Gerry Adams, on Tuesday night.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
William is next illustrated receiving some unspecified news of Harold [scene 42].
Andrew Bridgeford 1066: and the Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry (2004)
Within the week these photographs would appear in various illustrated magazines.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura


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