UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɪləstreɪt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɪləˌstreɪt, ɪˈlʌstreɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ilə strāt′, i lustrāt)

Inflections of 'illustrate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. the book is illustrated by
  2. illustrate a [book, booklet, guide]
  3. illustrated with photos
  4. illustrate [my point, it] with examples
  5. let me illustrate [my point] with an example
  6. here's an example to illustrate [my point]
  7. which is illustrated in the [above, below, following] [chart, graph, image]
  8. illustrate the point (by)
  9. illustrate the importance of
  10. served to illustrate the importance of
  11. illustrate the need for
  12. illustrate how to
  13. illustrate that there are
  14. to illustrate my concerns
  15. illustrate and [explain, support, clarify, describe]
  16. (in order) to illustrate my point, I will
  17. to illustrate the various applications of
  18. the results illustrate [how, what, that]
  19. is illustrated by the results
  20. further illustrates [how]
  21. clearly illustrates [how]
  22. illustrate exactly [how]
  23. illustrates a [trend, shift] towards
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