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

Example Sentences

Fresh flowers beautify every room. volunteers beautified the roadside landscape by planting flowers
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the major projects completed through the initiative include murals and artwork to help beautify neighborhoods while spreading messages of community pride and hope. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 13 Jan. 2023 Sometimes, these irregularities mean nothing more than that a researcher tried to beautify a figure before submitting it to a journal. WIRED, 18 Jan. 2023 The 94-foot tower was constructed in 1934 by local businessman Robert Ilg, who had built a swimming pool for employees of his electric company and wanted to beautify the water tower, according to previous reporting. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 30 Dec. 2022 Collagen is all the rage in the wellness world, claiming to beautify hair, skin and nails. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 21 Nov. 2022 In addition, this combination of minerals & vitamins have been shown to beautify strands as well as nourish the scalp; all while promoting healthy looking hair. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2022 As part of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial, members of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, city of North College Hill and numerous volunteers, preservationists and organizations stepped up to beautify this small but important piece of history. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 29 Aug. 2022 From the 1960s to 1980s, South Korean military dictators ordered roundups to beautify the streets., 24 Aug. 2022 The vague language of Measure SP has led to accusations that the money was being planned to help beautify the city ahead of the 2028 Olympics, which backers denied. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 6 Feb. 2023.

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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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