verb (used with object), pret·ti·fied, pret·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to make pretty, especially in a small, petty way: to prettify a natural beauty.
  2. to minimize or gloss over (something unpleasant): to prettify his rude behavior.

Origin of prettify

First recorded in 1840–50; prett(y) + -ify
Related formspret·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounpret·ti·fi·er, nounun·pret·ti·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prettification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to make pretty, esp in a trivial fashion; embellish
Derived Formsprettification, nounprettifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for prettification

1902, noun of action from prettify.



1836, from pretty (adj.) + -fy. Related: Prettified; prettifying.

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