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 for illustrate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Illustrate \Il*lus"trate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Illustrated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Illustrating.] [L. illustratus, p. p. of
     illustrare to illustrate, fr. illustris bright. See
     1. To make clear, bright, or luminous.
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              Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.
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     2. To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or
        conspicuously. --Shak.
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              To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.
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     3. To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to
        elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures,
        comparisons, and examples.
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     4. To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to
        elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
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     5. To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to
        glorify. [Obs.]
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              Matter to me of glory, whom their hate
              Illustrates.                          --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Illustrate \Il*lus"trate\, a. [L. illustratus, p. p.]
     Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious. [Obs.]
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           This most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: clarify by giving an example of [syn: exemplify,
           illustrate, instance]
      2: depict with an illustration
      3: supply with illustrations; "illustrate a book with drawings"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "illustrate":
     account for, adorn, adumbrate, allegorize, approve, argue, attest,
     bespeak, betoken, body forth, breathe, call to mind, cite,
     cite a particular, clarify, clear up, connote, crack, decipher,
     decorate, demonstrate, demythologize, denote, display, document,
     elucidate, embellish, emblazon, embody, enlighten, euhemerize,
     evidence, evince, example, exemplify, exhibit, explain,
     explain away, explicate, exposit, expound, express, figure,
     foreshadow, furnish evidence, give a for-instance,
     give indication of, give reason for, give the meaning, go to show,
     illuminate, image, impersonate, imply, incarnate, indicate,
     instance, involve, itemize, make clear, make plain, manifest, mark,
     mirror, name, ornament, particularize, personate, personify,
     picture, point to, popularize, prefigure, pretypify, project,
     quote, rationalize, realize, reflect, set forth, shadow,
     shadow forth, shed light upon, show, show how, show signs of,
     show the way, signalize, signify, simplify, solve,
     speak for itself, speak volumes, spell out, suggest, symptomatize,
     tell, tend to show, throw light upon, unfold, unlock, unravel

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