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

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This explains why this year-old spot in a slickly redecorated former hardware store has become such a hit — their high-tide menu is easy on the wallet. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Montmartre," 15 Feb. 2018 Stay home or hang out with friends; look for a better job or redecorate the backyard. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Everyone Wants Your Good Stuff, Cancer! Your Summer Vibe 2019 Horoscopes Are Here," 28 June 2019 Through Jayne’s offices, Boudin would also covertly help her friend, the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, redecorate the public reception rooms of the White House with chic and impeccably executed historicism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 Walmart just made redecorating your living room—or any space in your home—much more affordable. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This New Home Line's Modern Furniture Looks Way More Expensive Than It Costs," 8 Feb. 2019 By now, the home's transformation would be, to many, considered nearly complete: The Fords have redecorated the kitchen, living and dining rooms, master bed and bath, and a guest bed and bath. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "It Took Renovating This Tudor for One Couple to Uncover Their True Style," 6 Mar. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Justices, legislators say, spent more than a $1 million to redecorate their personal offices and furnish them with pricey furniture, including a custom $32,000 blue suede couch, a $20,500 rug and an $8,000 chair. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "West Virginia Court Impeachment Sets Up a Legal Showdown," 14 Aug. 2018 My good friend Tom Scheerer, the designer who redecorated the Lyford Cay Club, laid his body in front of it. Dylan Landis, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating Her Home in the Bahamas," 9 June 2012 Because the collection, called Minna Home, was designed using data that the online design service has collected over four years of serving customers itching to redecorate their spaces. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Didn't Realize It, But You Probably Helped Design This New Furniture Line," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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