spruce up

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spruce up

:to make (someone or something) look cleaner, neater, or more attractive
  • We spruced up the room with a fresh coat of paint.
  • I need to spruce myself up a bit before we go out to dinner.

Word by Word Definitions

spruce play
  1. : to make spruce

  2. : to make oneself spruce

  1. : neat or smart in appearance : trim

  1. : any of a genus (Picea) of evergreen trees of the pine family with a conical head of dense foliage, flat or 4-sided needles, pendulous cones, and soft light wood

  2. : any of several coniferous trees (such as Douglas fir) of similar habit

  3. : the wood of a spruce

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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