Embellish

  • 1 Embellish — Em*bel lish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embellished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embellishing}.] [OE. embelisen, embelisshen, F. embellir; pref. em (L. in) + bel, beau, beautiful. See {Beauty}.] To make beautiful or elegant by ornaments; to decorate; to adorn;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 embellish — I verb add details, adorn, array, beautify, bedeck, bedizen, bejewel, beribbon, bespangle, better, blazon, chase, dandify, deck, decorare, decorate, dizen, dress up, elaborate, emblazon, emboss, embroider, encrust, enhance, enrich, exornare, fix… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 embellish — mid 14c., to render beautiful, from O.Fr. embelliss , stem of embellir make beautiful, ornament, from em (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + bel beautiful, from L. bellus (see BENE (Cf. bene )). Meaning dress up (a narration) with fictitious matter is from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 embellish — beautify, deck, bedeck, garnish, *adorn, decorate, ornament Analogous words: enhance, heighten, intensify: apparel, array (see CLOTHE) Contrasted words: denude, *strip, bare, divest …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 embellish — [v] make beautiful; decorate add bells and whistles*, adorn, amplify, array, beautify, bedeck, color, deck, dress up*, elaborate, emblaze, embroider, enhance, enrich, exaggerate, festoon, fix up*, fudge*, garnish, gild, give details, grace, gussy …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 embellish — ► VERB 1) make more attractive; decorate. 2) add extra details to (a story or account) for interest. DERIVATIVES embellisher noun embellishment noun. ORIGIN Old French embellir, from bel handsome …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 embellish — [em bel′ish, imbel′ish] vt. [ME embelishen < extended stem of OFr embellir < em (L in) + bel < L bellus, beautiful] 1. to decorate or improve by adding detail; ornament; adorn 2. to add grace notes, syncopated accents, trills, etc. to (a …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 embellish — [[t]ɪmbe̱lɪʃ[/t]] embellishes, embellishing, embellished 1) VERB If something is embellished with decorative features or patterns, it has those features or patterns on it and they make it look more attractive. [be V ed with n] The stern was… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 embellish — UK [ɪmˈbelɪʃ] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms embellish : present tense I/you/we/they embellish he/she/it embellishes present participle embellishing past tense embellished past participle embellished 1) to make a story more… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 embellish — verb /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ/ a) To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate. The old book cover was embellished with golden letters b) To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to dist …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 embellish — verb Embellish is used with these nouns as the object: ↑story …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 embellish — em|bel|lish [ımˈbelıʃ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: embelir, from bel beautiful ] 1.) to make something more beautiful by adding decorations to it embellish sth with sth ▪ The dress was embellished with gold threads. 2.) to make… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 embellish — [14] To embellish something is literally to ‘make it beautiful’. It comes from Old French embellir, a compound verb formed from the prefix en , which denotes ‘causing’ or ‘making’, and bel ‘beautiful’. This Old French adjective (source of modern… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 embellish — [14] To embellish something is literally to ‘make it beautiful’. It comes from Old French embellir, a compound verb formed from the prefix en , which denotes ‘causing’ or ‘making’, and bel ‘beautiful’. This Old French adjective (source of modern… …

    Word origins

  • 15 embellish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French embeliss , stem of embelir, from en + bel beautiful more at beauty Date: 14th century 1. to make beautiful with ornamentation ; decorate < a book embellished with illustrations > 2. to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 embellish — embellisher, n. /em bel ish/, v.t. 1. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn. 2. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions. [1300 50; ME embelisshen < AF, MF embeliss (s. of embelir), equiv. to em EM 1 +… …

    Universalium

  • 17 embellish — Synonyms and related words: adorn, apparel, array, beautify, bedeck, bedizen, belie, blazon, camouflage, caparison, color, convolute, cultivate, dandify, deck, deck out, decorate, develop, disguise, distort, dizen, doll up, dress, dress up,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 embellish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. ornament; embroider (see exaggeration). II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. adorn, ornament, deck; see decorate . See Synonym Study at decorate . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. enhance, adorn, ornament,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 embellish — em|bel|lish [ ım belıʃ ] verb intransitive or transitive 1. ) to make a story more interesting by adding details, especially ones that are not completely true 2. ) to make something more beautiful by decorating it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 embellish — em·bel·lish || ɪm belɪʃ v. adorn, beautify, ornament, decorate …

    English contemporary dictionary