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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Il·lus·trate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Illustrated p. pr. & vb. n. Illustrating ]
 1. To make clear, bright, or luminous.
    Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.   --Chapman.
 2. To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously.
    To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.   --Milton.
 3. To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples.
 4. To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
 5. To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify. [Obs.]
 Matter to me of glory, whom their hate
 Illustrates.   --Milton.