Definition of decorate in English:

decorate

Syllabification: dec·o·rate
Pronunciation: /ˈdekəˌrāt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (something) look more attractive by adding extra items or images to it.
    More example sentences
    • It was made out of exquisite gold, sculptures and ornaments decorating it.
    • Matched pairs of smaller tables and ornaments decorate each side, the objects on the left referring to the New Testament, and, to the right, the Old Testament.
    • Another attractive alternative is to decorate short lengths of board with old tiles.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Provide (a room or building) with a color scheme, paint, wallpaper, etc.: the five bedrooms are individually decorated
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    • The hotel room was decorated with pale yellow wallpaper and white painted wooden decoration.
    • Kimmi dragged her stuff into a room that what was decorated with floral wallpaper.
    • The middle room is decorated with flowered wallpaper and has a high ceiling.
    Synonyms
    paint, wallpaper, paper; refurbish, furbish, renovate, redecorate
    informal do up, spruce up, do over, fix up, give something a facelift, refurb
  • 2Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces): he was decorated for outstanding bravery
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    • He was decorated with many medals, and he had all his weapons with him as well.
    • After the war Popov was decorated and awarded British citizenship.
    • He is a fine athlete and a Vietnam combat veteran who was decorated for bravery.
    Synonyms
    give a medal to, honor, cite, reward

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'to grace or honor'): from Latin decoratus 'embellished' (past participle of decorare), from decus, decor- 'beauty, honor, or embellishment'.

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