re·​dec·​o·​rate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈde-kə-ˌrāt How to pronounce redecorate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce redecoration (audio) \ noun
redecorator \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈde-​kə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce redecorator (audio) \ noun

Examples of redecorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The place has been redecorated, there are now posters on the walls and the TVs have 1920s silent films from Charlie Chaplin to Buster Keaton. Briana Rice,, "The 1920s meet 2020 in this new East Walnut Hills cocktail bar," 6 Feb. 2020 Keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind, your next rearranging, redecorating or renovating project can be completed without any unnecessary scrapes, dings or other damage to your prized possessions., "The do’s and don’ts for rearranging, redecorating and renovating: Lindsay Benz," 18 Aug. 2019 Design Darling is: where every prep should look before redecorating their home. Micaela English, Town & Country, "T&C's Favorite Preppy Blogs," 10 Nov. 2014 Alex Bag redecorated the gallery’s bathroom with nude photos and dried drips of fluid. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Focus Group’ takes a playful approach to life and death," 27 Dec. 2019 In the 1990s, the villa's interiors were redecorated by the legendary American designer Mark Hampton in one of his last projects before his death. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Painstaking Renovation of "the Grey Gardens of Palm Beach"," 12 Nov. 2019 Some will choose to redecorate their environment in ways that the rest of us find incomprehensible. David Rose, Quartz, "We’ll soon be able to experience reality as we want it. But is that a good thing?," 1 Oct. 2019 Two years later, when Winston Churchill arrived, an entire suite was redecorated in Chinese red, black, and gold, his favorite colors., "When Winston Churchill came to town, he stayed here. So did Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, and the duke and duchess of Windsor. At present, this important piece of Boston history is primarily hosting layers of plaster dust, exposed drywall, bare floors, and many, many power tools.," 2 Nov. 2019 But, in one Hudson Valley Airbnb, where 10 designers redecorated for the Kingston Design Showhouse, designer Marla Walker proved that the technique can be a pretty—and personalized!—alternative to expensive wallpaper. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Can't Afford Wallpaper? Try Stenciling Your Walls," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of redecorate

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Redecorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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