em·broi·der | \im-ˈbrȯi-dər \
embroidered; embroidering\im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of embroider 

transitive verb

1a : to ornament with needlework

b : to form with needlework

2 : to elaborate on : embellish embroider a story

intransitive verb

1 : to make embroidery

2 : to provide embellishments : elaborate

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Other Words from embroider

embroiderer \im-ˈbrȯi-dər-ər \ noun

Examples of embroider in a Sentence

She embroidered tiny flowers on the baby's scarf. a scarf embroidered with tiny flowers He is known to embroider the truth about his service in the army.
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In a nod to Markle's California roots, a California poppy was among the flowers embroidered on the veil. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "Joyous crowds greet newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their marriage ceremony," 19 May 2018 As required for official events, Brazile is wearing his uniform—a black hat and blue jeans and a black shirt embroidered with sponsors’ logos. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Incredible Gifts buys the hats from China and embroiders them in the United States. Anchorage Daily News, "A new round of proposed Trump tariffs would hit US consumers," 12 July 2018 Gomez wears dark ethereal lace, blends leather and shearling with romantic ruffles, and sports a studded choker alongside a fringed, embroidered bag. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Stars in Gorgeous Coach Campaign for Fall 2018," 2 July 2018 The veil itself is made from silk tulle, with flowers embroidered in silk and organza. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "The Sweet Hidden Detail in Meghan Markle's Wedding Veil," 19 May 2018 Royal scarlet velvet skirt in pannier effect with petticoat of cloth of gold embroidered in red lilies and gold pittas. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras weather in New Orleans since the 1870s: The best and the worst," 8 Feb. 2018 For Wednesday night’s festivities, Trump went with a white sleeveless embroidered tulle cocktail dress from Elie Saab, according to a press pool report. Fiona Ma | Wwd, latimes.com, "Melania Trump wears Calvin Klein for concert outing during NATO summit, Elie Saab for evening festivities," 11 July 2018 Over the past three months, Envision Tees, which prints and embroiders T-shirts, has lost four customer service and sales workers to larger companies in its Dubuque, Iowa, home region. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Flexible hours, $10,000 referral fee: Small businesses get creative to hire in tight labor market," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of embroider

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for embroider

alteration of Middle English embroderen, from Anglo-French embrouder, from en- + brosder, brouder to embroider, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brord point, byrst bristle

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English Language Learners Definition of embroider

: to sew a design on a piece of cloth

: to make (a story, the truth, etc.) more interesting by adding details that are not true or accurate


em·broi·der | \im-ˈbrȯi-dər \
embroidered; embroidering

Kids Definition of embroider

1 : to make with needlework She embroidered her initials.

2 : to decorate with needlework I'm embroidering a tablecloth.

3 : to make more interesting by exaggerating or adding details The story had been … embroidered in so many places, that nobody was quite sure what the truth was anymore.— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

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to reject or criticize sharply

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