Illustrate and Tell


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Illustrate verb – To show or make clear by using examples.
Tell and illustrate are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Illustrate".
Nearby Words: illustration, illustrative, illustrating, illustrator
Synonyms for Illustrate


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Illustrate and tell are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Illustrate" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

character illustrate character tell character
man illustrate man tell man
time illustrate time tell time
way illustrate way tell way
Other nouns: plan, characters, story, difference, joke, side, history, feelings.

Both words in one sentence

  • Akamatsu, given the time, will occasionally illustrate her wings visibly appearing under the cloth, but falls into this when rushed (he focuses the camera at angles where the viewer can't tell).
  • Word of God is that this was intentional, as the scene was meant to illustrate what Flay wanted to tell Kira, but now never could, even though sadly he can't hear her because she's a ghost.
  • Shaggy Frog Story In How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson will tell a story allegedly to illustrate a point that ends up merely highlighting his sexual prowess.
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