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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-shuh n] /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounbeau·ti·fi·er, nounun·beau·ti·fied, adjective
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adorn, embellish, enhance; bedeck, array.
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Examples from the Web for beautifying

Historical Examples

  • If you follow after good, every good act is a beautifying touch to your own soul.

    The Soul of a People

    H. Fielding

  • The care and beautifying of cemeteries is another branch of the work.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

  • These studies were followed only for the purpose of perfecting and beautifying the personality.

    Lucretia Borgia

    Ferdinand Gregorovius

  • This is a most excellent paste for preserving and beautifying the teeth.

  • They can do a good deal in the beautifying line, but they can't do everything.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans


British Dictionary definitions for beautifying

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 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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