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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

embroidered

embroidering

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 and Etymology 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

embroidered

embroidering

  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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