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

Definition of prettify

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, 27 Apr. 2020 Once more, violence is moved offstage and prettified. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2020 Cocktails include a classic Bee’s Knees, prettified with pink Beefeater gin. Rand Richards Cooper,, 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, 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, 17 Sep. 2018 Affordably priced brands from Zara to Theory are playing with proportions and finishes to prettify their puffers. Alev Aktar, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2017 Years ago, the only ones getting perfectly prettified were brides. Alix Strauss, New York Times, 12 May 2016 But the effect reads only as coy, an attempt to prettify the violence. Kaitlyn Greenidge, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of prettify

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Prettify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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