Definition of decorate in English:

decorate

Line breaks: dec¦or|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkəreɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces): he was decorated for outstanding bravery
    More example sentences
    • 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, pin a medal on, honour, confer an award on; cite, mention in dispatches, reward

Origin

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

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