re·​dec·​o·​rate (ˌ)rē-ˈde-kə-ˌrāt How to pronounce redecorate (audio)
redecorated; redecorating; redecorates

transitive verb

: to freshen or change in appearance : refurbish

intransitive verb

: to freshen or change a decorative scheme
redecoration noun

Examples of redecorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, more coats were traded, and the Osage redecorated them, passed them to their daughters and a wedding tradition emerged. Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Looking to redecorate, but not quite sure where to start? Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Last season, Sherrod got emotional before redecorating her youngest daughter's bedroom, tearing up at this being her last child while talking to her friend Andre. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023 What better way to keep busy at home than by redecorating? Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 24 Aug. 2023 The newlywed daughter of Food Network star Ree Drummond redecorated her space using pieces from her mom's new bed and bath line at Walmart. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 When actor David Harbour and his wife, actress Lilly Allen redecorated their New York City apartment, as featured in Architectural Digest, Harbour insisted on installing swan faucets in their wildly opulent (and infamously carpeted) bathroom. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Aug. 2023 Ever a passionate lover of interior design, Marie Antoinette continued to redecorate and refurbish her beloved secret spaces until 1788. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 17 July 2023 Joe, who had recently redecorated his camper (with my help) after an extended tour in Vietnam, was looking to share his abode on wheels with a new pal. Globe Staff,, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of redecorate was circa 1611

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“Redecorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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re·​dec·​o·​rate (ˈ)rē-ˈdek-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce redecorate (audio)
: to freshen or change a decorative scheme
redecoration noun

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