- to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish: to decorate walls with murals.
- to plan and execute the design, furnishings, and ornamentation of the interior of (a house, office, apartment, etc.), especially by selecting colors, fabrics, and style of furniture, by making minor structural changes, etc.: Their house is decorated in French Provincial style.
- to confer distinction upon by a badge, a medal of honor, etc.: to decorate a soldier for valor.
Origin of decorate
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Examples from the Web for decorate
The owner rescued pieces from deserted monasteries to decorate the hotel.Can Traditional Bhutan Survive Tourism?
August 17, 2014
But not Igor Olenicoff, who was caught commissioning forged sculptures to decorate his California properties.Real Estate Mogul Igor Olenicoff Busted for Art Forgery
June 13, 2014
I had dated non-Jews before, but none went so far as to decorate their home with such blatantly pious trinkets.Can a Jew Get Down With Hot Jesus from 'Son of God?'
March 9, 2014
Five works by Russian-born artist Kon Trubkovich decorate its booth.The 15 Best Things to See at Frieze Art Fair London 2013
October 17, 2013
Awful lot of work to make and decorate, but she said that the finished result was worth the trouble.A Real-Life ‘Downton Abbey’ Affair
January 13, 2013
If people wished to decorate, they would decorate, and if they didn't, they wouldn't.
But for the sake of peace and harmony he was willing to decorate all round.
It was to set apart a day to decorate the graves of the Union dead.
The work of my hands is visible; with it I am going to decorate your table.Her Father's Daughter
But those antlers—I promised to decorate my room with those, Max!With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
- (tr) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
- to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
- (tr) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
- (tr) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
Word Origin and History for decorate
early 15c., from Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare "to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify," from decus (genitive decoris) "an ornament," from PIE root *dek- "to receive, be suitable" (see decent). Related: Decorated; decorating.