- to make pretty, especially in a small, petty way: to prettify a natural beauty.
- to minimize or gloss over (something unpleasant): to prettify his rude behavior.
Origin of prettify
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- (tr) to make pretty, esp in a trivial fashion; embellish
Word Origin and History for prettification
1902, noun of action from prettify.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper