beautify

[ byoo-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈbyu təˌfaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing.

to make or become beautiful.

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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beautify

/ (ˈbjuːtɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to make or become beautiful
Derived Formsbeautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), nounbeautifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for beautifying

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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