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

transitive verb

: to make beautiful or add beauty to

intransitive verb

: to grow beautiful
beautification noun
beautifier noun
Choose the Right Synonym for beautify

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. volunteers beautified the roadside landscape by planting flowers
Recent Examples on the Web After the event, volunteers fanned out to an array of nearby locations to engage in tasks such as cleaning up Coyote Creek and sprucing up and beautifying Kelley Park, which is home to both Happy Hollow and the Japanese Friendship Garden. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 Volunteer groups led by councilmembers will be planting trees, cleaning up Coyote Creek in a couple of spots, beautifying the Japanese Friendship Garden and Vietnamese Heritage Garden, painting and weeding in Kelley Park and picking up litter on Story Road and Roberts Avenue. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 Her efforts led to the creation of Streams and Valleys Inc., a nonprofit that works with Fort Worth Parks & Recreation and other partners to beautify the river, develop recreational amenities and plan low-water dams. Hollace Ava Weiner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 May 2024 The city of Palo Alto’s looking to beautify its streets by adding art to utility boxes. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for beautify 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of beautify was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beautify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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beau·​ti·​fy ˈbyüt-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce beautify (audio)
beautified; beautifying
: to make beautiful or more beautiful
beautification noun

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