embellish

[ em-bel-ish ]
/ ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ /
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verb (used with object)

to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.

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Origin of embellish

1300–50; Middle English embelisshen<Anglo-French, Middle French embeliss- (stem of embelir), equivalent to em-em-1 + bel- (<Latin bellus pretty) + -iss--ish2

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British Dictionary definitions for embellish

embellish
/ (ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornamentsSee ornament (def. 5)

Derived forms of embellish

embellisher, nounembellishment, noun

Word Origin for embellish

C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus
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