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[byoo-tuh-fahy] /ˈbyu təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with or without object), beautified, beautifying.
to make or become beautiful.
Origin of beautify
First recorded in 1520-30; beauty + -fy
Related forms
[byoo-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
beautifier, noun
unbeautified, adjective
Can be confused
beatify, beautify.
adorn, embellish, enhance; bedeck, array. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hate never was, and never will be, a beautifier of the face.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
  • And this is because love the beautifier went with her all the way!

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • If you can't have a trained maid, you'd better be your own beautifier.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Time has been described as a beautifier and as a consoler; but it is also a teacher.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • For this reason, perhaps, was the leek accounted not only as salubrious, but as a beautifier.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Cold cream may be a future beautifier but certainly not a present one.

  • Poverty, then, is the builder and beautifier of all huts and cottages.

  • And, because it is laden with soot, the air of Chicago is a great mystifier and beautifier.

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • Don't you remember that you said a decorator meant a beautifier, and Fred said it meant a scene-painter?

    Gritli's Children

    Johanna Spyri
  • He seemed actually less good-looking than she remembered; for anguish is no beautifier.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
British Dictionary definitions for beautifier


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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