1 picture in a book, etc.
black-and-white, colour/color, coloured/colored, full-colour/full-color
cartoon, photographic, watercolour/watercolor, etc.
botanical, medical, etc.

a wonderful book with full-page illustrations

beautiful, fine, wonderful

The clear, lively illustrations are in full colour/color.


the new Inca map, with a detailed illustration of ancient Machu Picchu

book, cover
depict sth, show sth
accompany sth

the illustrations accompanying the text


His illustrations have appeared in the pages of numerous publications.

in an/the illustration

The kite is assembled as shown in the illustration.

with an/the illustration
illustration by

‘The Black Cat’ by Alan Ahlberg, with illustrations by Arthur Robins

2 example
excellent, good, perfect
clear, dramatic, graphic, striking, vivid

These events are a graphic illustration of the fact that their promises cannot be trusted.


Let us take a very simple illustration.

classic, textbook

It was a textbook illustration of the way the UN works.

serve as

Chicago serves as an illustration of the problems faced by such cities.

give (sb), offer, present, provide

We then present an empirical illustration of these points.

Explain the policy of détente and provide some illustrations of how it worked in practice.

take, use sth as, use sth for

I will use one recent example as an illustration.

purposes (AmE)

These figures are for illustration purposes only.

(illustrative purposes in BrE)
as an illustration

As an illustration of this point, I'm going to tell you a true story.

by way of illustration

He quoted several famous writers by way of illustration.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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