gild

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. aurify (see covering).
II
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To give the appearance of gold]
Syn. wash, plate, overlay, tinsel, electroplate, overlay with gold, coat with gold leaf.
2. [To adorn]
Syn. varnish, overlay, lay on color, give glitter to, impart a specious appearance, whitewash, paint in rosy colors.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
embellish, decorate, gloss over, embroider, dress up, enhance, touch up, garnish, whitewash, sugarcoat.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to: color, gloss (over), gloze (over), sugarcoat, varnish, veneer, whitewash. Idioms: paper over, put a good face on. See TRUE. 2. To make superficially more acceptable or appealing: candy, honey, sugar, sugarcoat, sweeten. See LIKE.

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  • Gild — (g[i^]ld), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gilded} or {Gilt} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gilding}.] [AS. gyldan, from gold gold. [root]234. See {Gold}.] 1. To overlay with a thin covering of gold; to cover with a golden color; to cause to look like gold. Gilded… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gild — [gıld] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: gyldan] 1.) to cover something with a thin layer of gold or with something that looks like gold ▪ a gilded frame 2.) literary to make something look as if it is covered in gold ▪ The autumn sun gilded the lake …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gild — (v.) O.E. gyldan to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold, from P.Gmc. *gulthianan (Cf. O.N. gylla to gild, O.H.G. ubergulden to cover with gold ), from *gulthan gold (see GOLD (Cf. gold)). Related: GILDED (Cf. Gilded); …   Etymology dictionary

  • gild — ► VERB 1) cover thinly with gold. 2) (gilded) wealthy and privileged: gilded youth. ● gild the lily Cf. ↑gild the lily DERIVATIVES gilder noun gilding …   English terms dictionary

  • gild — gild1 [gild] vt. gilded or gilt, gilding [ME gilden < OE gyldan < Gmc * gulthjan < * gultha (> Goth gulth, GOLD) + * jan, caus. suffix] 1. a) to overlay with a thin layer of gold b) to coat with a gold color …   English World dictionary

  • gild — [ gıld ] verb transitive 1. ) to cover a surface with a very thin layer of gold 2. ) LITERARY if light gilds something, it makes it look golden …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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

  • gild — [gɪld] verb [T] to cover a surface with a very thin layer of gold …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • gild — meaning ‘to cover thinly with gold’, has a past participle gilded (The porcelain is gilded by a magma of gold), but the adjectival form is either gilt (gilt tooling / gilt edged securities) or gilded (gilded youth). This word should be… …   Modern English usage

  • gild — [v] embellish, decorate adorn, aureate, aurify, beautify, bedeck, begild, brighten, coat, deck, dress up, embroider, engild, enhance, enrich, garnish, glitter, grace, ornament, overlay, paint, plate, tinsel, varnish, wash, whitewash*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • gild|ed — «GIHL dihd», adjective. 1. coated with or as if with gold. 2. colored like gold. 3. Figurative. made to appear better than it is. 4. wealthy …   Useful english dictionary

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