adorn

adorn
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin adornare, from ad- + ornare to furnish — more at ornate Date: 14th century 1. to enhance the appearance of especially with beautiful objects 2. to enliven or decorate as if with ornaments <
people of fashion who adorned the Court
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Synonyms: adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself <
a diamond necklace adorned her neck
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. decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design <
decorate a birthday cake
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. ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original <
a white house ornamented with green shutters
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, embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament <
embellish a page with floral borders
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. beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness <
will beautify the grounds with flower beds
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. deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness <
a house all decked out for Christmas
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. garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food <
an entrée garnished with parsley
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Adorn — A*dorn , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adorned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adorning}.] [OE. aournen, anournen, adornen, OF. aorner, fr. L. aaornare; ad + ornare to furnish, embellish. See {Adore}, {Ornate}.] To deck or dress with ornaments; to embellish; to set… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • adorn — [ə dôrn′] vt. [ME adornen (altered after L) < OFr aourner < L adornare < ad , to + ornare, to fit out: see ORNAMENT] 1. to be an ornament to; add beauty, splendor, or distinction to 2. to put decorations on; ornament SYN. ADORN is used… …   English World dictionary

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  • adorn — index embellish, meliorate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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