Definition of decorate
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>
: to furnish something with ornamentation <decorating for the party>
Examples of decorate in a sentence
I always enjoy decorating the Christmas tree.
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
DECORATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of decorate for Students
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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