pret·​ti·​fy | \ ˈpri-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce prettify (audio) , ˈpər-, ˈpru̇- \
prettified; prettifying

Definition of prettify

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from prettify

prettification \ ˌpri-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce prettify (audio) , ˌpər-​ , ˌpru̇-​ \ noun
prettifier \ ˈpri-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce prettify (audio) , ˈpər-​ , ˈpru̇-​ \ noun

Examples of prettify in a Sentence

The city is trying to prettify its downtown. The movie prettified what was in reality a very bloody battle.
Recent Examples on the Web Ruin is ennobled without being prettified, aestheticized, pushed into the mental distance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Víkingur Ólafsson, Liza Lim, and a Surge of Streaming in Quarantine," 27 Apr. 2020 Once more, violence is moved offstage and prettified. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Beauty of Sam Mendes’s “1917” Comes at a Cost," 7 Jan. 2020 Cocktails include a classic Bee’s Knees, prettified with pink Beefeater gin. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Lbar in Hartford Marriott a welcome place to be, with unexpectedly good food," 10 Sep. 2019 In the end, most discussion of reparations seems to boil down to little more than traditional tax-and-spend policies, prettified with new rationales. Michael Tanner, National Review, "The Wrenching Reparations Question," 26 June 2019 Romance has officially permeated the air that’s swirling around the Spring 2019 shows, and its prettifying effect seems infinitely contagious. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meet the Ridiculously Huge—and Totally Charming—Hair Bow of Your Future," 17 Sep. 2018 Affordably priced brands from Zara to Theory are playing with proportions and finishes to prettify their puffers. Alev Aktar, WSJ, "Is a $5,930 Puffer Coat Sexier Than a $200 One?," 28 Sep. 2017 Years ago, the only ones getting perfectly prettified were brides. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Till Wrinkles Do Us Part: Introducing the Brotox Groom," 12 May 2016 But the effect reads only as coy, an attempt to prettify the violence. Kaitlyn Greenidge, New York Times, "Laird Hunt’s Novel Offers Split-Screen Views of a Lynching," 10 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prettify.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of prettify

1661, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prettify

Time Traveler for prettify

Time Traveler

The first known use of prettify was in 1661

See more words from the same year

Statistics for prettify

Cite this Entry

“Prettify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for prettify


How to pronounce prettify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prettify

: to make (something) pretty
disapproving : to make (something) seem better or more attractive than it really is

Comments on prettify

What made you want to look up prettify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!