pret·​ti·​fy ˈpri-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce prettify (audio)
prettified; prettifying
ˌpri-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce prettify (audio)
ˈpri-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce prettify (audio)

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 Using euphemisms or otherwise prettifying language can lead to children interpreting things too literally. Sarah Klein, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 Not averse to the panoramic spectacle inherent in desert crossings or infinite expanses of ocean, though never overly prettifying Seydou’s ordeals either, Paolo Carnera’s muscular, color-rich lensing is in line with Garrone’s straightforwardly soulful storytelling. Guy Lodge, Variety, 6 Sep. 2023 And Isobel Waller-Bridge’s score is beautifully in line with the idea of a surface that prettifies the truth. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2023 Humanizing doesn’t mean prettifying. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 Through the pandemic, the government has also used infantilized language to prettify a harsh reality. Jane Li, Quartz, 14 Apr. 2022 Leight doesn’t prettify the ugly side of our history. Charles McNultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2023 Thanks to Photoshop, researchers could prettify the images in their manuscripts in ways that might cross the line into deception in an effort to clear the bar of peer review. Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, STAT, 2 Dec. 2022 Ruin is ennobled without being prettified, aestheticized, pushed into the mental distance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prettify was in 1661

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“Prettify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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