to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.
- em·bel·lish·er, noun
- non·em·bel·lished, adjective
- non·em·bel·lish·ing, adjective
- o·ver·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object)
- re·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object)
- un·em·bel·lished, adjective
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How to use embellish in a sentence
Day of the Dead parades follow a cross-cultural flow, embellishing Halloween stylizations of the dancing skeleton.
Without the choreographed truth-embellishing dance found in his published work, the truth emerges.Orwell’s Lies: His Diaries Reveal Problems with the Truth | Jimmy So | August 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
A shared tendency with his subjects toward embellishing things.
Castalia lacked the Ancram gift of embellishing disadvantageous circumstances.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
I have two reasons for embellishing this little volume with your distinguished and honored name.Letters from the Alleghany Mountains | Charles Lanman
His favorite occupation consisted in embellishing his rhetoric with all the proprieties of gesticulation and utterance.Wieland; or The Transformation | Charles Brockden Brown
The gay bonnets and brilliant dresses threw a varied and picturesque beauty over the scene, softening and embellishing it.The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1 | Daniel Webster
Enamoured with the peace and rest that brooded over the place, he went on year by year enlarging and embellishing it.
British Dictionary definitions for embellish
to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
- embellisher, noun
- embellishment, noun
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