verb beau·ti·fy \ ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 13 Jan 2018

Definition of beautify

beautified; beautifying
transitive verb
: to make beautiful or add beauty to
intransitive verb
: to grow beautiful


play \ˌbyü-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun


play \ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of beautify in a Sentence

  1. Fresh flowers beautify every room.

  2. beautified the roadside landscape by planting flowers

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Origin and Etymology of beautify

Middle English bewtyfien, from beaute beauty + -fien -fy

Synonym Discussion of 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

BEAUTIFY Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of beautify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) beautiful or more beautiful

BEAUTIFY Defined for Kids


verb beau·ti·fy \ ˈbyü-tə-ˌfī \

Definition of beautify for Students

beautified; beautifying
: to make beautiful
  • We beautified the room with flowers.

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