beau·​ti·​fy | \ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī \
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 \ noun
beautifier \ˈbyü-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r \ 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

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The Crossroads is one of many Dayton Enhancement Committee projects to help beautify and educate the public on Dayton history. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Missing Dayton mail recovered in ‘Crossroads’ flag depository," 22 June 2018 Local artists beautified nearly 150 parking meters in downtown Royal Oak since its inception in 2016. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Arts Beats & Eats unveils new attractions, partnerships," 12 June 2018 Nearby, where a massive project was underway to beautify and restore the Mission Reach to its natural contours, the rampaging water had other ideas. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "The 2013 deluge went down in the record books," 19 May 2018 Dedina said part of his inspiration to beautify Imperial Beach was the public art movement of Tijuana. Gustavo Solis,, "Public art murals popping up in Imperial Beach," 11 July 2018 With Reynolds’ newest addition, the city now has around 10 murals, which Motley said discourage graffiti, beautify the landscape and help the city tell its story to visitors. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018 On Saturday, the annual Berkley Street Art Fest will run 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be professional and aspiring chalk artists beautifying the sidewalks with their creations, as well as commissioned artists painting new murals on downtown buildings. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018 Dedina, who has made beautifying Imperial Beach one of his top priorities, wanted to cover the building with a mural. Gustavo Solis,, "Public art murals popping up in Imperial Beach," 11 July 2018 Her passion for the outdoors and music were shared with her fellow church members by beautifying the church grounds and singing in the choir., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/29," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of beautify

: to make (something) beautiful or more beautiful


beau·​ti·​fy | \ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī \
beautified; beautifying

Kids Definition of beautify

: to make beautiful We beautified the room with flowers.

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