beautify

verb
beau·​ti·​fy | \ ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce beautify (audio) \
beautified; beautifying

Definition of beautify

transitive verb

: to make beautiful or add beauty to

intransitive verb

: to grow beautiful

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Other Words from beautify

beautification \ ˌbyü-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce beautification (audio) \ noun
beautifier \ ˈbyü-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce beautifier (audio) \ noun

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adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

Examples of beautify in a Sentence

Fresh flowers beautify every room. beautified the roadside landscape by planting flowers

Recent Examples on the Web

Columnist Heather Knight shares how the neighbors came together to clean up and beautify the steps — and why the biggest obstacle was the city itself. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Warriors’ season — and an era — comes to an end," 14 June 2019 The event begins with landscaping and concludes with musical performances as part of the ongoing effort to beautify Unity Park. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Pride Block Party, Cirque Du Soleil, Big Gay Ice Cream, Taste of Joliet," 21 June 2019 The transportation agency has spent more than $21 million since 2013 on efforts to beautify and restore the depot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At 80, Union Station tries to reinvent itself for a rail future," 21 May 2019 Neon is all the rage at the moment, and with a little help from beauty guru Pat McGrath, Akech’s fresh face was beautified into a dewy, catwalk-ready look with fierce orange eyes (Guido Palau was on hair). Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Watch Adut Akech’s Pasta-Filled New York Minute Routine Before the Prada Resort Show," 20 May 2019 Picking Up Everyone’s Litter A regular on Colorado nature trails turned to plogging—picking up trash while jogging—as a way to get fit, relax and beautify her favorite hiking paths. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She’s Powerlifting at 76, So You’re Officially Out of Excuses," 29 Dec. 2018 Picking Up Everyone’s Litter A regular on Colorado nature trails turned to plogging—picking up trash while jogging—as a way to get fit, relax and beautify her favorite hiking paths. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She’s Powerlifting at 76, So You’re Officially Out of Excuses," 29 Dec. 2018 March has finally arrived, and with it comes the promise of more sunshine (thank you, Daylight Saving Time), porch-sitting weather, and the chance to beautify your backyard. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "These March Bucket List Ideas Will Get You So Ready for Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 Picking Up Everyone’s Litter A regular on Colorado nature trails turned to plogging—picking up trash while jogging—as a way to get fit, relax and beautify her favorite hiking paths. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She’s Powerlifting at 76, So You’re Officially Out of Excuses," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of beautify

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for beautify

Middle English bewtyfien, from beaute beauty + -fien -fy

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beautify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of beautify

: to make (something) beautiful or more beautiful

beautify

verb
beau·​ti·​fy | \ ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce beautify (audio) \
beautified; beautifying

Kids Definition of beautify

: to make beautiful We beautified the room with flowers.

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