[ byoo-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈbyu təˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with or without object), beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing.
to make or become beautiful.
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OTHER WORDS FROM beautifybeau·ti·fi·ca·tion [byoo-tuh-fi-key-shuhn], /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounbeau·ti·fi·er, nounun·beau·ti·fied, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beautifybeatify, beautify
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How to use beautify in a sentence
He encouraged and helped carry out the beautifying of Williamsburg, the new capital city.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
In some natures the giving even of unrequited love is beautifying to the character.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
A deep, beautifying flush swept across the face under the deplorable old hat.Happy House|Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
They were bending their valuable energies toward beautifying themselves for the evening.Marjorie Dean College Freshman|Pauline Lester
The application of electricity—light divorced from smoke and heat—to the beautifying of city life is as yet in its infancy.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for beautify
/ (ˈbjuːtɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
to make or become beautiful
Derived forms of beautifybeautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), nounbeautifier, noun
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