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

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. beautified the roadside landscape by planting flowers
Recent Examples on the Web As large scale events like weddings, graduations, and proms have been replaced with intimate gatherings, more and more people are using their own two hands to beautify them. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Flower Arranging 101: How to DIY a Stunning Centerpiece or Bridal Bouquet," 31 July 2020 Open Eye Art and Color Outside the Lines have gathered local foster children and other groups to beautify 2,700 sq.ft. of space on Southwest 4th Avenue at Alder Street. oregonlive, "Portland arts groups collaborate with children, transform plywood into murals in downtown Portland," 4 July 2020 Invest in new fashions or artwork to beautify yourself and your surroundings., "Horoscope," 16 June 2020 When my students and I started working with the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in 2011, our task was seemingly simple: beautify the grounds. Popular Science, "Nature helps nurture relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children," 2 June 2020 Ahead, eight gross-in-a-good-way buys that deliver beautifying benefits with a side of can't-look-away goodness. Karina Hoshikawa,, "7 Gross-In-A-Good-Way Beauty Buys Worth Obsessing Over," 22 May 2020 Macy's had been investing in its best stores to beautify them, attract better vendors, and was even planning a new small-store format with eateries—at least until COVID-19 wrecked its plans. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "J.C. Penney faces a tough road ahead as it mulls bankruptcy protection," 15 May 2020 Because the volunteers’ efforts, the property that was once riddled with leaves was raked and cleaned up, beautifying it for the residents. Vincent Nguyen,, "Glendale High baseball gives back to community, helping beautify senior center," 15 June 2019 While Matthew McConaughey taught us all how to DIY our own out of a bandana, cult-cool fashion brands like Collina Strada began beautifying their designs for a more stylish take on the CDC's recommendation. Amanda Randone,, "Here’s Where You Can Buy Kid-Friendly, Non-Medical Face Masks Online," 8 May 2020

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

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5 Aug 2020

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“Beautify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beautify

: to make (something) beautiful or more beautiful


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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