decorate

  • 1 Decorate — Dec o*rate (d[e^]k [ o]*r[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decorated} (d[e^]k [ o]*r[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Decorating} (d[e^]k [ o]*r[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. decoratus, p. p. of decorare, fr. decus ornament; akin to decere to be becoming. See… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 decorate — [dek′ə rāt΄] vt. decorated, decorating [< L decoratus, pp. of decorare, to decorate < decus, an ornament < IE base * dek̑, to receive, be suitable > DECENT] 1. to add something to so as to make more attractive; adorn; ornament 2. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 decorate — (v.) early 15c., from L. decoratus, pp. of decorare to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify, from decus (gen. decoris) an ornament, from PIE root *dek to receive, be suitable (see DECENT (Cf. decent)). Related: Decorated; decorating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 decorate — [v1] beautify, embellish add finishing touches, adorn, bedeck, bedizen, brighten, burnish, color, deck, do up*, dress out*, dress up*, enhance, enrich, festoon, finish, fix up, frill, furbish, garnish, gild, grace, gussy up*, idealize, illuminate …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 decorate — index embellish, honor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 decorate — ornament, embellish, beautify, *adorn, deck, bedeck, garnish Analogous words: enhance, heighten, *intensify …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 decorate — ► VERB 1) make more attractive by adding ornamentation. 2) apply paint or wallpaper to. 3) confer an award or medal on. 4) (Decorated) denoting a stage of English Gothic church architecture of the 14th century with elaborate tracery. ORIGIN Latin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 decorate — [[t]de̱kəreɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ decorates, decorating, decorated 1) VERB If you decorate something, you make it more attractive by adding things to it. [V n with n] He decorated his room with pictures of all his favorite sports figures... [V n] Simply… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 decorate — v. (D; tr.) ( to give a medal to ) to decorate for (to decorate a soldier for valor) * * * [ dekəreɪt] (D;tr.) ( to give a medal to ) to decorate for (to decorate a soldier for valor) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 decorate */*/ — UK [ˈdekəreɪt] / US [ˈdekəˌreɪt] verb Word forms decorate : present tense I/you/we/they decorate he/she/it decorates present participle decorating past tense decorated past participle decorated 1) a) [transitive] to make something look more… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 decorate — dec|o|rate S3 [ˈdekəreıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: decoratus, past participle of decorare to decorate , from decus honour, decoration ] 1.) [I and T] BrE to paint the inside of a room, put special paper on the walls etc ▪ The bathroom …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 decorate — /dek euh rayt /, v.t., decorated, decorating. 1. to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish: to decorate walls with murals. 2. to plan and execute the design, furnishings, and ornamentation of the interior of (a house,… …

    Universalium

  • 13 decorate — verb 1 make sth attractive ADVERB ▪ elaborately, gaily (old fashioned), heavily, intricately, lavishly, ornately, richly ▪ The room was lavishly decorated with tinsel …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 decorate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. adorn, beautify, ornament, embellish, bedeck, deck, garnish, trim, furnish, paint, color, renovate, redecorate, refurbish, enrich, brighten, gild, burnish, enhance, festoon, illuminate, spangle, dress up, trick out, array,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 decorate — 01. We always [decorate] our house with lights and a tree at Christmas. 02. We bought some beautiful [decorations] for our Christmas tree. 03. The [decor] in the restaurant is quite simple, but attractive nonetheless. 04. Vanessa [decorated] her… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 decorate — dec|o|rate [ dekə,reıt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to make something look more attractive by putting nice things on it or in it: Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet? decorate something with something: The room had been decorated with… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 decorate — transitive verb ( rated; rating) Etymology: Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare, from decor , decus ornament, honor more at decent Date: 1530 1. to add honor to 2. to furnish with something ornamental …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 decorate — [16] Decorate comes from Latin decorātus, the past participle of decorāre ‘make beautiful’, a verb derived from decus ‘ornament’. Its root, decor , also produced the adjective decorus ‘beautiful, seemly’, from which English gets decorous [17] and …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 decorate — verb 1) the door was decorated with a wreath Syn: ornament, adorn, trim, embellish, garnish, furnish, enhance, grace, prettify; festoon, garland, bedeck 2) he started to decorate his home Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 decorate — verb 1) the door was decorated with a wreath Syn: ornament, adorn, trim, embellish, garnish, furnish, enhance 2) he started to decorate his home Syn: paint, wallpaper, paper …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary