beautify

verb
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

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March has finally arrived, and with it comes the promise of more sunshine (thank you, Daylight Saving Time), porch-sitting weather, and the chance to beautify your backyard. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "These March Bucket List Ideas Will Get You So Ready for Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 Picking Up Everyone’s Litter A regular on Colorado nature trails turned to plogging—picking up trash while jogging—as a way to get fit, relax and beautify her favorite hiking paths. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She’s Powerlifting at 76, So You’re Officially Out of Excuses," 29 Dec. 2018 His team cultivates fields of grass on this desert land, carves it into sheets, rolls them up like rugs, and sends them out to beautify otherwise barren areas. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 The purpose was to beautify the area, which is an entrance into Broadview Heights. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Lone bidder on Ohio 82 beautification in Broadview Heights still working on project, despite Dec. 31 deadline," 1 May 2018 One of their major projects was to beautify and improve the baby section of the Spring Grove Cemetery. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Local Legend Jerry Gunner has helped mold generations of Medina youngsters," 16 Apr. 2018 This potent honey mask has powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties that can beautify, protect, and balance your skin. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the New Manuka Honey Brand that Belongs in Every Pantry," 13 Aug. 2018 Picking Up Everyone’s Litter A regular on Colorado nature trails turned to plogging—picking up trash while jogging—as a way to get fit, relax and beautify her favorite hiking paths. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Chef Who Left His Kitchen To Keep Off 200 Pounds," 1 Dec. 2018 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

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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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beautify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of beautify

: to make (something) beautiful or more beautiful

beautify

verb
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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