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 All are welcomed to come help beautify the park, but are encouraged to come early. Quoron Walker,, "Fun Programs Available This Fall For Residents," 19 Sep. 2019 Community Beautification Program This program provides residents, businesses and neighborhood organizations up to $1,000 for projects that beautify streetscapes, public spaces and green spaces. cleveland, "Application process begins Jan. 16 for One South Euclid’s Neighborhood Grant Program," 10 Jan. 2020 Only one of the neat, brown holiday houses has been sold — to the McDonalds — and some 10,000 pounds of mulch that was intended to beautify the landscape with agave succulents was in smoldering piles on Friday. Washington Post, "‘Houses were exploding’: In Australia’s fire horror, heartbreak and relief," 4 Jan. 2020 Medieval pilgrims brought wealth to the cities along their journey, and the cities that lay along the routes to Santiago were able to build or beautify their own churches and cathedrals in the Romanesque style. Inés Monteira, National Geographic, "Majestic medieval churches ascended along Christian pilgrims' paths," 17 Dec. 2019 The nickname was surely also a snarky reference to an architectural folly — an extravagant, impractical structure erected purely to beautify a natural landscape. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 Planting trees is a terrific activity for helping the environment and beautifying our neighborhoods. Courtney Mcgee,, "Dumbarton Middle encourages some green thumbs," 19 Nov. 2019 Bernard is a bisexual, biracial beekeeper, and though Bernard’s business is booming, he simply cannot be bothered to properly beautify the buzzing bees’ boudoirs. Colin Heasley, The New Yorker, "Situations with a Lot to Unpack," 16 Nov. 2019 The engraved bricks enable donors to become a permanent part of Spotlights, while also helping to beautify the theater’s courtyard area. cleveland, "Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater presents ‘Ragtime’ Nov. 8-23," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Beautify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce beautify (audio)

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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