[ dek-uh-reyt ]
/ 藞d蓻k 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), dec路o路rat路ed, dec路o路rat路ing.
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.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of decorate

1375鈥1425; late Middle English (adj.) <Latin decor膩tus (past participle of decor膩re), equivalent to decor- (stem of decus) an ornament, splendor, honor (see decent) + -膩tus-ate1


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British Dictionary definitions for decorate

/ (藞d蓻k蓹藢re瑟t) /

(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 for decorate

C16: from Latin decor膩re, from decus adornment; see decent
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