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embroider

verb em·broi·der \im-ˈbri-dər\

: to sew a design on a piece of cloth

: to make (a story, the truth, etc.) more interesting by adding details that are not true or accurate

em·broi·deredem·broi·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of EMBROIDER

transitive verb
1
a :  to ornament with needlework
b :  to form with needlework
2
:  to elaborate on :  embellish <embroider a story>
intransitive verb
1
:  to make embroidery
2
:  to provide embellishments :  elaborate
em·broi·der·er \-ˈbri-dər-ər\ noun
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Examples of EMBROIDER

  1. She embroidered tiny flowers on the baby's scarf.
  2. a scarf embroidered with tiny flowers
  3. He is known to embroider the truth about his service in the army.

Origin of EMBROIDER

alteration of Middle English embroderen, from Anglo-French embrouder, from en- + brosder, brouder to embroider, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brord point, byrst bristle
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with EMBROIDER

EMBROIDER Defined for Kids

embroider

verb em·broi·der \im-ˈbri-dər\
em·broi·deredem·broi·der·ing

Definition of EMBROIDER for Kids

1
:  to make with needlework <She embroidered her initials.>
2
:  to decorate with needlework <I'm embroidering a tablecloth.>
3
:  to make more interesting by exaggerating or adding details <The story had been … embroidered in so many places, that nobody was quite sure what the truth was anymore. — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>

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