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beautify

[byoo-tuh-fahy] /ˈbyu təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with or without object), beautified, beautifying.
1.
to make or become beautiful.
Origin of beautify
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; beauty + -fy
Related forms
beautification
[byoo-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
beautifier, noun
unbeautified, adjective
Can be confused
beatify, beautify.
Synonyms
adorn, embellish, enhance; bedeck, array.
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Examples from the Web for beautification
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  • There is the attempt at the beautification of life, which we call art.

    Horace and His Influence

    Grant Showerman
  • Then the facilities for divorce presented in the United States are an important factor in the beautification process.

  • Whatever the age possessed of skill and merit in every branch of art was employed for the beautification of the new Chatsworth.

  • Further, a beautification program for the entire region might keep some of the employee class busy for some time.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • "Have Planning draw up something on salvage and beautification in the former rural areas," he ordered.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • Beatrice retired to the bedroom whence she could be heard humming over her beautification.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • Three tables at least, full of materials in methodised confusion—all tending to the beautification of the human form divine.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Put these trees where they can spread the message of production and beautification combined.

  • Babylon, however, is the beloved city of Marduk, and upon its beautification and improvement Hammurabi expends his chief energy.

British Dictionary definitions for beautification

beautify

/ˈbjuːtɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make or become beautiful
Derived Forms
beautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
beautifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for beautification
n.

1630s, from beauty + -fication.

beautify

v.

mid-15c., "to make beautiful," from beauty + -fy. Intransitive sense, "to become beautiful," is recorded from 1590s. Related: Beautified; beautifying.

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