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[prit-uh-fahy] /ˈprɪt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), prettified, prettifying.
to make pretty, especially in a small, petty way:
to prettify a natural beauty.
to minimize or gloss over (something unpleasant):
to prettify his rude behavior.
Origin of prettify
First recorded in 1840-50; prett(y) + -ify
Related forms
prettification, noun
prettifier, noun
unprettified, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is not the function of the biographer any more than it is that of a dentist to prettify his subject.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd
  • "Let no one think that they can force me to prettify my types," he said.

    Jean Francois Millet

    Estelle M. Hurll
  • There is no need to prettify the record; the record, as it stands, in all its crude natural colors, is good enough.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • I must send him a little box at Christmas,—some little things to trim up his new house and prettify it.

    Hildegarde's Harvest Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for prettify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to make pretty, esp in a trivial fashion; embellish
Derived Forms
prettification, noun
prettifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for prettify

1836, from pretty (adj.) + -fy. Related: Prettified; prettifying.

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