ac·​ces·​so·​rize | \ ik-ˈse-sə-ˌrīz , ak-\
accessorized; accessorizing

Definition of accessorize

transitive verb

: to furnish with accessories

intransitive verb

: to wear clothing accessories

Examples of accessorize in a Sentence

an outfit accessorized with a pair of diamond earrings a stylish young woman who knows how to accessorize

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And what does one pick to accessorize something so delicate and intricate? Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "All the Details of Priyanka Chopra's Exquisite Ralph Lauren Wedding Dress," 5 Dec. 2018 Sometimes, weather-permitting, Charlotte will accessorize with a matching cardigan. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Princess Charlotte Always Wears Dresses," 4 Aug. 2018 Be sure to accessorize with large hoop earrings (the bigger the better) and some chunky gold rings and bracelets. Bethonie Butler, The Seattle Times, "8 last-minute pop-culture Halloween costumes for 2018," 29 Oct. 2018 What better way to accessorize a marigold dress than with the real thing? Trending Stories on Runway: Goodbye, Mom Jeans! Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Honor of Beyoncé’s September Cover, the Best Floral Headpieces on the Runway," 7 Aug. 2018 These glorious egg sandwiches may be Sunny Up’s pleasantly focused stock-in-trade, but the truck also knows how to accessorize: The menu’s biggest surprise were the donut holes. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "I biked 14 miles for a breakfast sandwich named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was worth it.," 30 July 2018 The popular British department store has become a go-to for the new royal, who chose a pair of their classic tan gloves to accessorize her Sentaler alpaca coat worn to church on Christmas Day last year. Monique Jessen,, "It's a Royal Wedding Recycle! Meghan Markle Rewore Her Wedding Shoes with $40 Fascinator," 18 June 2018 Then, accessorize with an offbeat and oh-so-chic interpretation on something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Say “I Do” in an Unconventional (Yet Still Chic!) Country Wedding Look," 30 Apr. 2018 Kylie appears to be wearing a beige mini skirt that matches the jacket on the bottom, and a pair of thick, gold hoops to accessorize the whole outfit. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Black Lace Bra as a Top," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of accessorize

1934, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for accessorize

accessory entry 1 + -ize

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English Language Learners Definition of accessorize

: to add accessories to (something, such as clothing)

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