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Synonyms of 'illustrate'

(verb) 
Definition
to be an example of
The example of the United States illustrates this point.
Synonyms
demonstrate
He demonstrated how to peel and chop garlic.
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show
Claire showed us how to make a chocolate roulade.
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exhibit
He has exhibited signs of anxiety and stress.
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exemplify
Her character exemplifies the emotional turmoil of many women.
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(verb) 
Definition
to clarify or explain by use of examples or comparisons
She illustrates her analysis with extracts from interviews and discussions.
Synonyms
explain
He explained the process to us in simple terms.
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describe
We asked her to describe what she had seen.
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interpret
The judge has to interpret the law as it's being passed.
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sum up
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make clear
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clarify
A bank spokesman was unable to clarify the situation.
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bring home
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point up
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make plain
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elucidate
He refused to elucidate the reasons for his decision.
(verb) 
Definition
to provide (a book or text) with pictures
He has illustrated the book with black-and-white photographs.
Synonyms
adorn
Several oil paintings adorn the walls.
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ornament
The Egyptians ornamented their mirrors with carved handles of ivory, gold, or wood.
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embellish
The boat was embellished with red and blue carvings.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of clarify
Definition
to make or become clear or easy to understand
A bank spokesman was unable to clarify the situation.
Synonyms
clear up,
make plain,
explicate (formal),
clear the air about,
throw or shed light on
in the sense of describe
Definition
to give an account of (something or someone) in words
We asked her to describe what she had seen.
Synonyms
set out,
set forth,
give an account of,
put in words
in the sense of elucidate
Definition
to make (something obscure or difficult) clear
He refused to elucidate the reasons for his decision.
Synonyms
make clear,
spell out,
clear up,
make plain,
explicate (formal),
shed or throw light upon

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