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verb (used with or without object), beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to make or become beautiful.
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Origin of beautify

First recorded in 1520–30; beauty + -fy
Related formsbeau·ti·fi·ca·tion [byoo-tuh-fi-key-shuhn] /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounbeau·ti·fi·er, nounun·beau·ti·fied, adjective
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Related Words for beautification

flower, art, treasure, jewel, trinket, accessory, adornment, embroidery, knickknack, bauble, embellishment, ornamentation, pride, gewgaw, doodad, frill, design, gimcrack, garnish, honor

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Historical Examples of beautification

  • There is the attempt at the beautification of life, which we call art.

  • Then the facilities for divorce presented in the United States are an important factor in the beautification process.

  • Whatever the age possessed of skill and merit in every branch of art was employed for the beautification of the new Chatsworth.

  • Further, a beautification program for the entire region might keep some of the employee class busy for some time.

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  • "Have Planning draw up something on salvage and beautification in the former rural areas," he ordered.

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British Dictionary definitions for beautification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to make or become beautiful
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Derived Formsbeautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), nounbeautifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for beautification


1630s, from beauty + -fication.

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mid-15c., "to make beautiful," from beauty + -fy. Intransitive sense, "to become beautiful," is recorded from 1590s. Related: Beautified; beautifying.

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