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Examples of embellish in a Sentence
a book embellished with colorful illustrations
He embellished his speech with a few quotations.
Recent Examples of embellish from the Web
Both ladies’ videos are embellished by elaborate costume choices, provocative dance moves, and timely political messages.
A friend embellished them with Chinese flowers, making each one unique.
They are embellished with enough shiny sequins, faux fur, chiffon and gold lamé to make even the Supremes jealous.
This not only brings star wattage to the experience, but also embellishes the storytelling arc of the Guardians, a group of galactic bounty hunters and misfits who band together to fight space villains.
There’s no shortage of apps for embellishing photos, but few offer as many options for shooting as this one.
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Did You Know?
Like its synonyms adorn, ornament, and garnish, embellish means to make something beautiful by the addition of a decorative or fanciful feature. Traditionally, the word is used specifically to stress the addition of superfluous or adventitious ornament, as in "The printer embellished the page with a floral border." Embellish differs from its synonyms, however, in that it is sometimes used in a euphemistic way to refer to the inclusion of details that are not necessarily true to make a story sound more appealing. The word derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French verb embelir, from en- and bel ("beautiful").
Synonym Discussion of embellish
EMBELLISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of embellish for English Language Learners
: to decorate (something) by adding special details and features : to make (something) more appealing or attractive
EMBELLISH Defined for Kids
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