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beautify

[byoo-tuh-fahy]
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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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Examples from the Web for beautify

Historical Examples

  • To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Now he's going to beautify himself—here's a precious locksmith!'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • No effort could be too great or painful to beautify oneself for Him.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • I want to beautify Wakefield, and as near as I can remember there is room for improvement.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Reflect that you may gladden and beautify your lives, or embitter them, according as you now act.

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer


British Dictionary definitions for beautify

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 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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