decorate

verb
dec·​o·​rate | \ ˈde-kə-ˌrāt How to pronounce decorate (audio) \
decorated; decorating

Definition of decorate

transitive verb

1 : to add honor to decorated commerce with the splendid virtues of honor and loyalty— Geoffrey Household
2 : to furnish with something ornamental decorate a room with artwork decorating the Christmas tree
3 : to award a mark of honor to a soldier decorated for valor highly decorated war veterans

intransitive verb

: to furnish something with ornamentation decorating for the party

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of decorate in a Sentence

I always enjoy decorating the Christmas tree. I decorated my apartment in dark colors.

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The two-hour gala will feature dancing, decorating ornaments, a visit from Paws for Pets, makeovers, mariachis, and a visit by comic book superheroes and, of course, Santa Claus. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio nonprofit lifts sick children’s spirits with Christmas in July," 6 July 2019 Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's $130 & Other Stories Dress Is Back in Stock," 30 June 2019 Big customers include National Geographic, whose D.C. lobby OE helped decorate. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Woodworkers transform salvaged logs into high-end furniture," 28 June 2019 The company hosts monthly teambuilding exercises like decorating pumpkins for Halloween, construction challenges with marshmallows and other activities just for fun. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Some scholars have noted that the practice of decorating graves with flowers on specific days in spring is an ancient custom, and may thus represent the true roots of the holiday. Brian Clark Howard And Sydney Combs, National Geographic, "Memorial Day's controversial history explained," 24 May 2019 The kids had previously gathered moss, leaves, and twigs, at their own home to help decorate the exhibit. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 According to the story, the sweet Peep helps decorate eggs, fills baskets and—most importantly—can see all the acts of kindness that kids do in the days and weeks leading up to Easter. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Peep on a Perch' Is the New 'Elf on a Shelf'," 8 Mar. 2019 Also this weekend, the Seattle Home Show — Saturday, Feb. 23, through March 3 at CenturyLink Field Events Center — opens with information and inspiration to improve your living space, from decorating touches to major remodels. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Chilly Hilly bike ride on Bainbridge and Seattle Home Show get ready to roll," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of decorate

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for decorate

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

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More Definitions for decorate

decorate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of decorate

: to make (something) more attractive usually by putting something on it
: to give a medal or award to (someone, such as a soldier)

decorate

verb
dec·​o·​rate | \ ˈde-kə-ˌrāt How to pronounce decorate (audio) \
decorated; decorating

Kids Definition of decorate

1 : to make more attractive by adding beautiful or festive things We decorated the room with flowers.
2 : to award a badge of honor to The soldier was decorated for bravery.

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