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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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Examples from the Web for beautifying
Historical Examples
  • If you follow after good, every good act is a beautifying touch to your own soul.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • The care and beautifying of cemeteries is another branch of the work.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • These studies were followed only for the purpose of perfecting and beautifying the personality.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • This is a most excellent paste for preserving and beautifying the teeth.

  • They can do a good deal in the beautifying line, but they can't do everything.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • She will do her own beautifying work, and everybody will know her sign.

  • A treatise on beautifying homes, rural districts and cemeteries.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • That recalled Mom Beck's prescription for beautifying the complexion.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Dorry did look happy; and as bliss is beautifying, he looked handsome as well.

    In the High Valley Susan Coolidge
  • The best architects, the best labourers, and the best painters were employed in beautifying it.

    Venice Dorothy Menpes
British Dictionary definitions for beautifying


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 beautifying



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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