- 1Involving or relating to treatment intended to restore or improve a person’s appearance: cosmetic surgeryMore example sentences
- Reconstructive surgery corrects defects or restores function, while cosmetic surgery enhances or improves a person's normal appearance.
- You've thought about having cosmetic nose surgery, but you're unsure if this procedure is for you.
- Most cosmetic plastic surgeries are paid upfront by the patient.
- 1.1Designed or serving to improve the appearance of the body, especially the face: lens designs can improve the cosmetic effect of your glassesMore example sentences
- Confidence in one's own body, going beyond cosmetic appearance, is necessary for this.
- Their offerings run the whole spectrum, edibles, medicinals, but most important from a cottage industry perspective, the body care and cosmetic market.
- However, body kits are merely cosmetic alterations.
- 1.2Affecting only the appearance of something rather than its substance: the reform package was merely a cosmetic exerciseMore example sentences
- We are concerned that this might be a cosmetic exercise rather than dealing with the real issues.
- Most of the damage is cosmetic rather than structural, but many hotels may not reopen until the end of the year when the busy Christmas season starts.
- The agenda set by those who participated struck me as a desire for a more cosmetic makeover rather than a radical change for newspapers to make them more relevant to all ages.
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- A product applied to the body, especially the face, to improve its appearance.More example sentences
- Castor oil is also used in the preparation of cosmetics, especially kajal and lipsticks.
- A valuable medicinal tree, it is also used in the preparation of most herbal cosmetics.
- Recycled liquid fuel is made from liquids created in the manufacture of everyday products like paint and cosmetics.
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- Essential oils will penetrate to the epidermis (bottom layer of skin) to exert their beneficial effects, and work cosmetically to help slow the aging process.
- During its operation as a function centre, night spot and disco, it has been looked after cosmetically, but beneath the surface expensive restoration work is necessary.
- As always, extreme makeover or not, if you're not happy with who you are on the inside, cosmetically changing the outside will never make up for it.
early 17th century (as a noun denoting the art of beautifying the body): from French cosmétique, from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein 'arrange or adorn', from kosmos 'order or adornment'.