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embellish

verb em·bel·lish \im-ˈbe-lish\

: to decorate (something) by adding special details and features : to make (something) more appealing or attractive

Full Definition of EMBELLISH

transitive verb
1
:  to make beautiful with ornamentation :  decorate <a book embellished with illustrations>
2
:  to heighten the attractiveness of by adding decorative or fanciful details :  enhance <embellished our account of the trip>
em·bel·lish·er noun

Examples of EMBELLISH

  1. a book embellished with colorful illustrations
  2. He embellished his speech with a few quotations.

Origin of EMBELLISH

Middle English, from Anglo-French embeliss-, stem of embelir, from en- + bel beautiful — more at beauty
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with EMBELLISH

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