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embroider

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verb em·broi·der \im-ˈbrȯi-dər\

Simple Definition of embroider

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of embroider

embroideredembroidering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to ornament with needlework b :  to form with needlework

  3. 2 :  to elaborate on :  embellish <embroider a story>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make embroidery

  6. 2 :  to provide embellishments :  elaborate

embroiderer play \-ˈbrȯi-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of embroider in a sentence

  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

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verb em·broi·der \im-ˈbrȯi-dər\

Definition of embroider for Students

embroideredembroidering

  1. 1 :  to make with needlework <She embroidered her initials.>

  2. 2 :  to decorate with needlework <I'm embroidering a tablecloth.>

  3. 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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