embroider

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verb em·broi·der \im-ˈbrȯi-dər\

Definition of embroider

embroidered

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embroidering

play \im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to ornament with needleworkb :  to form with needlework

  3. 2 :  to elaborate on :  embellish embroider a story

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make embroidery

  6. 2 :  to provide embellishments :  elaborate

embroiderer

play \im-ˈbrȯi-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of embroider in a Sentence

  1. She embroidered tiny flowers on the baby's scarf.

  2. a scarf embroidered with tiny flowers

  3. He is known to embroider the truth about his service in the army.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


EMBROIDER Defined for English Language Learners

embroider

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Definition of embroider for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EMBROIDER Defined for Kids

embroider

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verb em·broi·der \im-ˈbrȯi-dər\

Definition of embroider for Students

embroidered

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embroidering

  1. 1 :  to make with needlework She embroidered her initials.

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

  3. 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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