decorate

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verb dec·o·rate \ˈde-kə-ˌrāt\

Definition of decorate

decorated

decorating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to add honor to

  3. 2 :  to furnish with something ornamental <decorate a room>

  4. 3 :  to award a mark of honor to <a soldier decorated for valor>

Examples of decorate in a sentence

  1. I always enjoy decorating the Christmas tree.

  2. I decorated my apartment in dark colors.

Origin and Etymology of decorate

Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare, from decor-, decus ornament, honor — more at decent


First Known Use: 1530

Synonym Discussion of decorate

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>.

DECORATE Defined for English Language Learners

decorate

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verb dec·o·rate \ˈde-kə-ˌrāt\

Definition of decorate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) more attractive usually by putting something on it

  • : to give a medal or award to (someone, such as a soldier)


DECORATE Defined for Kids

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verb dec·o·rate \ˈde-kə-ˌrāt\

Definition of decorate for Students

decorated

decorating

  1. 1 :  to make more attractive by adding beautiful or festive things <We decorated the room with flowers.>

  2. 2 :  to award a badge of honor to <The soldier was decorated for bravery.>



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