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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 beautify
Historical Examples
  • To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Now he's going to beautify himself—here's a precious locksmith!'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • No effort could be too great or painful to beautify oneself for Him.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • I want to beautify Wakefield, and as near as I can remember there is room for improvement.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Reflect that you may gladden and beautify your lives, or embitter them, according as you now act.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • These islands may be considered as the gardens of the country, which they enrich and beautify.

  • It will beautify their arts, and erotically confuse their religions.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Truth and peace and faith dwell with them and beautify them.

  • Their function is to beautify the distant landscape with the flash of wings.

    Milton

    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • A glimmer of light, quick, so that the lover may beautify himself.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for beautify

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 beautify
v.

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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