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Definitions of illustrated

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



  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'

The State even taught him how to use condoms, the procedure illustrated with precise, anatomically correct drawings.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
Within the week these photographs would appear in various illustrated magazines.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
He flipped through the book, which was amply illustrated.
Clive Barker GALILEE (2001)


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