illustrate verb

1 put pictures in sth

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

PREP. with The new edition is heavily illustrated with photographs of aircraft.

2 make sth clear using examples/pictures

ADV. 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.

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

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