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 beautify (audio) \ noun
beautifier \ ˈbyü-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce beautify (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 Keep Little Rock Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that works with residents and businesses to prevent litter, recycle waste and beautify the city. Cary Jenkins, Arkansas Online, "A clean sweep," 28 Mar. 2021 When Blossoms of Hope first formed in 2004, one of its main missions was to beautify the county. Katie V. Jones,, "With spring nearing, Blossoms of Hope forges ahead to support beautification projects in Howard County," 19 Mar. 2021 Southlake is doing its part to help beautify the city’s neighborhoods, just in time for spring. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Southlake is giving away wildflower seeds to help beautify the city — here’s how to get some," 9 Mar. 2021 Their incessant drafting of starting pitchers is about to pay off; in the meantime, Carlos Santana and Andrew Benintendi will beautify the lineup, which is nice. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Is your MLB team in it to win it? Here's 2021's tankers, dreamers and legit World Series contenders," 9 Mar. 2021 The new philanthropic program, named Avenue Greenlight, will allocate $50,000 each to the city’s 34 merchants associations, which will use the funds to beautify retail streets, invest in public safety and hold more events. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2021," 3 Mar. 2021 Two weeks after buying the land from the Helix Water District for about $3 million, the county Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously voted to spend more than $6 million to restore and beautify nearly 100 acres of the El Monte Valley. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisors agree to spend $6 million to restore El Monte Valley," 3 Mar. 2021 The mural, created as part of the Outer Space Project that aims to beautify public spaces, was finished in less than a week. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "From Outkast to Gladys Knight, musical landmarks abound in Atlanta," 18 Jan. 2021 But there are two more tree giveaways open to all residents, and other events planned to help beautify the environment. Sharon Edwards,, "Arbor Day: Plant trees for the environment and the senses," 18 Jan. 2021

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Beautify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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