ac·​ces·​so·​rize | \ ik-ˈse-sə-ˌrīz How to pronounce accessorize (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Durkee Famous Sauce, above all, is known to be a darn delicious sandwich spread, with many folks using it yearly to accessorize the quintessential post-Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "I Grew Up Watching My Grandmother Sneak Durkees Into the Deviled Eggs—And I'll Always Do the Same," 11 June 2020 Black graduates, for example, often accessorize their academic robes with kente cloth stoles in honor of their heritage. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Congress’s kente cloth spectacle was a mess of contradictions," 9 June 2020 The participants were guided by Chippewa Garden Club members to fashion brown paper bag trees and to accessorize the trees with artificial vines, flowers, ribbons and shamrocks. cleveland, "BBHHS teacher honors his students with a neighborhood marathon: Talk of the Towns," 14 May 2020 For the 2019 Emmys, Billy Porter rocked a, quite literally, over-the-top hat to accessorize his Michael Kors Couture suit (adorned with over 100,000 crystals) on the red carpet. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Billy Porter’s 2019 Emmys Asymmetrical Hat Won My Heart," 23 Sep. 2019 To accessorize Byrne-as-Steinem, Daigeler tracked down a vintage pair of historically correct tinted glasses. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "How ‘Mrs. America’ designers revived a ’70s feminist showdown," 14 Apr. 2020 This spring, think of your natural hair colour like your favourite white t-shirt: a foundation on which to accessorize. Megan Decker,, "5 Breakout Hair Colours That Will Be Everywhere This Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 Dainty fine ribbed silk socks are a chic way to accessorize for minimalists, while more abstract patterns and color-block styles will be sure to satisfy more dialed-in accessoryheads. Vogue, "Fall Is Coming and It’s Time to Upgrade Your Sock Drawer," 14 Aug. 2019 Sani also created videos showing customers how to drape the dupatta, a scarf-like cloth worn to accessorize many South Asian outfits, so that people won’t wear the outfits out of context. NBC News, "Rent the Runway introduces South Asian formal wear," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of accessorize was in 1934

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21 Jun 2020

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“Accessorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of accessorize

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

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