- to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
- to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.
Origin of embellish
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Examples from the Web for embellishing
Day of the Dead parades follow a cross-cultural flow, embellishing Halloween stylizations of the dancing skeleton.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
Anderson Cooper recently dedicated a long CNN segment to debunking allegations that Dayem was embellishing his reports.
“He was embellishing,” Mani said, during an interview last week.
She spent all her earnings in embellishing their home against his return.An Iceland Fisherman
And here again the world deceived him by embellishing his conduct.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
"I don't know what you mean by embellishing it," said Madeline.
I perceive his magnificent scorn didn't quite annihilate you; I think, though, he was three hours embellishing himself to-night.Louis' School Days
E. J. May
His fertile imagination 243 Gg2 constantly supplied him with new means of perfecting his art and embellishing his entertainments.A Treatise on the Art of Dancing
- 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)
C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus
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Word Origin and History for embellishing
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