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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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Historical Examples
  • Cardinal after cardinal, pope after pope, employed his marvelous genius to beautify the capital of the world.

    Historic Boyhoods Rupert Sargent Holland
  • These islands may be considered as the gardens of the country, which they enrich and beautify.

  • Every gesture is a stroke of color which may beautify or mar the picture.

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

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • These grand resorts were furnished with everything the heart could wish, to beautify and make them pleasant.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • Truth and peace and faith dwell with them and beautify them.

  • The place of his sanctuary, which we greatly desire to beautify, is a site of surpassing natural beauty.

    Spencer's Letters Orson Spencer
  • A glimmer of light, quick, so that the lover may beautify himself.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • Flowers and vines are planted here to beautify this shrine, and every pole has a bear-skull on it.

  • Now he's going to beautify himself—here's a precious locksmith!'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for beautify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become beautiful
Derived Forms
beautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
beautifier, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beautify

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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