verb (used with object), ac·ces·so·rized, ac·ces·so·riz·ing.
  1. to fit or equip with accessories: to accessorize a car with special seat covers.
verb (used without object), ac·ces·so·rized, ac·ces·so·riz·ing.
  1. to choose or wear accessories: Well-dressed women accessorize according to the occasion.
  2. to be suitable for accessories: Some clothes accessorize more easily than others.
Also especially British, ac·ces·so·rise.

Origin of accessorize

An Americanism dating back to 1935–39; accessor(y) + -ize
Related formsac·ces·so·ri·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for accessorise



  1. (tr) to add accessories toaccessorize a plain jacket with feminine jewellery
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Word Origin and History for accessorise



1939, from accessory + -ize. Related: Accessorized; accessorizing.

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