re·dec·o·rate | \(ˌ)rē-ˈde-kə-ˌrāt \
redecorated; redecorating; redecorates

Definition of redecorate 

transitive verb

: to freshen or change in appearance : refurbish

intransitive verb

: to freshen or change a decorative scheme

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Other Words from redecorate

redecoration \(ˌ)rē-ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən \ noun
redecorator \(ˌ)rē-ˈde-kə-ˌrā-tər \ noun

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This means the First Family can use up to $100,000 of taxpayer money to redecorate the space. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "How Much Can the Trump Family Redecorate the White House?," 20 Jan. 2017 Some residents feel that the value of our units could change largely because renters are not as likely to remodel or redecorate. Benny L. Kass,, "Can condo board ban owners from renting to relatives?," 8 Nov. 2017 After redecorating: More color, to-scale furniture, bold art and drapery panels add softness, texture and pattern, helping this room realize its potential. Contributing Writer,, "Kitchen area makeover: 7 steps to transform any room," 5 Mar. 2018 Usually, the First Lady has taken the lead on redecorating the family living spaces, so if the Trumps follow tradition, Melania's taste will dictate what the top two floors of the White House look like for the next four years. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "How Much Can the Trump Family Redecorate the White House?," 20 Jan. 2017 In return for not being charged for the crime, they are required to help redecorate the rickety shop, thus pitting them against its crabby owner, Doc (Dido De La Paz). Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Respeto': Film Review," 11 July 2018 These early shows were more about redecorating an existing space than doing major renovation interventions. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "We need a new kind of HGTV," 30 May 2018 While keeping the charm of the original property, the couple redecorated the inn to give it a contemporary rustic theme. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Roots Kitchen in Sister Bay is all about the brat and beer," 22 May 2018 Full of energy, Connie painted and wallpapered and redecorated houses all while being a wonderful and attentive mother to three children who came in rapid succession., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/6," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of redecorate

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of redecorate was circa 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of redecorate

: to change the appearance of the inside of a house, building, or room by painting the walls, changing the furniture, etc.

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