[ prit-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈprɪt əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), pret·ti·fied, pret·ti·fy·ing.

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

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prettify


/ (ˈprɪtɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to make pretty, esp in a trivial fashion; embellish
Derived Formsprettification, nounprettifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for prettify



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

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