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beautify

[byoo-tuh-fahy]
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
Can be confusedbeatify beautify

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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for beautifies

Historical Examples

  • Is it possible for a woman to be insensible to anything that beautifies her?

    Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)

    Charles Paul de Kock

  • This palm towers in every forest grove and beautifies every island in the rivers.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • With her gift of song she beautifies church, home, charity, and society.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • The rainbow, which beautifies the sky after showers, is round.

  • It beautifies and glorifies the individual, and makes him worthy of redemption.


British Dictionary definitions for beautifies

beautify

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 beautifies

beautify

v.

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

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