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 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 In 2019, the center is going to redecorate The Great Hall and raise money to improve the exterior and entry-way, MacEachern said. Sofia Saric,, "On its 40th anniversary, Codman Square Health Center honors Gross, Pressley," 8 Aug. 2019 If hanging around your house for the holidays has inspired you to redecorate, IKEA is HERE for you. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "You Can Get 50% Off At IKEA's Post-Holiday Winter Sale," 24 Dec. 2018 With an eye toward St. Paul’s growing diversity, the Ramsey County Historical Society has put out a call for artists to help redecorate the city council chambers in St. Paul City Hall. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Historical society hosts competition for rotating replacements for St. Paul City Council’s controversial wall art," 8 Sep. 2019 The Tenderloin restaurant, located inside Hotel Bijou, opens tonight for the first time since shutting down three weeks ago to redecorate and train new staff. Justin Phillips,, "No longer partnering with Mourad Lahlou, Louis Maldonado is now chef at San Francisco’s Gibson," 13 Aug. 2019 For many, rearranging and redecorating their home is a regular occurrence., "The do’s and don’ts for rearranging, redecorating and renovating: Lindsay Benz," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of redecorate

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Redecorate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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