decorate

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(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. adorn, beautify, ornament, embellish, bedeck, deck, garnish, trim, furnish, paint, color, renovate, redecorate, refurbish, enrich, brighten, gild, burnish, enhance, festoon, illuminate, spangle, dress up, trick out, array, emblazon, elaborate, furbish, enamel, polish, varnish, chase, grace, finish, beJewel, encrust, emboss, embroider, beribbon, bedizen, make more beautiful, add the finishing touches, perfect, put up decorations, fix up, deck out*, pretty up*, spruce up*, gussy up*.
Syn.- decorate implies the addition of something to render attractive what would otherwise be plain or bare [ to decorate a wall with pictures ] ; adorn is used of that which adds to the beauty of something by gracing it with its own beauty [ roses adorned her hair ] ; ornament is used with reference to accessories that enhance the appearance [ a crown ornamented with Jewels ] ; embellish suggests the addition of something highly ornamental or ostentatious for effect; to beautify is to lend beauty to, or heighten the beauty of [ to plant trees to beautify the neighborhood ] ; bedeck emphasizes the addition of showy things [bedecked with Jewelry ]
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
adorn, ornament, beautify, embellish, festoon, dress, trim, deck, garnish, *do up, *jazz up.
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To furnish with decorations: adorn, bedeck, deck2 (out), dress (up), embellish, garnish, ornament, trim. See BEAUTIFUL.

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  • Decorate — Dec o*rate (d[e^]k [ o]*r[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decorated} (d[e^]k [ o]*r[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Decorating} (d[e^]k [ o]*r[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. decoratus, p. p. of decorare, fr. decus ornament; akin to decere to be becoming. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decorate — [dek′ə rāt΄] vt. decorated, decorating [< L decoratus, pp. of decorare, to decorate < decus, an ornament < IE base * dek̑, to receive, be suitable > DECENT] 1. to add something to so as to make more attractive; adorn; ornament 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • decorate — (v.) early 15c., from L. decoratus, pp. of decorare to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify, from decus (gen. decoris) an ornament, from PIE root *dek to receive, be suitable (see DECENT (Cf. decent)). Related: Decorated; decorating …   Etymology dictionary

  • decorate — [v1] beautify, embellish add finishing touches, adorn, bedeck, bedizen, brighten, burnish, color, deck, do up*, dress out*, dress up*, enhance, enrich, festoon, finish, fix up, frill, furbish, garnish, gild, grace, gussy up*, idealize, illuminate …   New thesaurus

  • decorate — index embellish, honor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • decorate — ornament, embellish, beautify, *adorn, deck, bedeck, garnish Analogous words: enhance, heighten, *intensify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decorate — ► VERB 1) make more attractive by adding ornamentation. 2) apply paint or wallpaper to. 3) confer an award or medal on. 4) (Decorated) denoting a stage of English Gothic church architecture of the 14th century with elaborate tracery. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • decorate — [[t]de̱kəreɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ decorates, decorating, decorated 1) VERB If you decorate something, you make it more attractive by adding things to it. [V n with n] He decorated his room with pictures of all his favorite sports figures... [V n] Simply… …   English dictionary

  • decorate — v. (D; tr.) ( to give a medal to ) to decorate for (to decorate a soldier for valor) * * * [ dekəreɪt] (D;tr.) ( to give a medal to ) to decorate for (to decorate a soldier for valor) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • decorate */*/ — UK [ˈdekəreɪt] / US [ˈdekəˌreɪt] verb Word forms decorate : present tense I/you/we/they decorate he/she/it decorates present participle decorating past tense decorated past participle decorated 1) a) [transitive] to make something look more… …   English dictionary

  • decorate — dec|o|rate S3 [ˈdekəreıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: decoratus, past participle of decorare to decorate , from decus honour, decoration ] 1.) [I and T] BrE to paint the inside of a room, put special paper on the walls etc ▪ The bathroom …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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