[ prit-uh-fahy ]
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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

Other words from prettify

  • pret·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • pret·ti·fi·er, noun
  • un·pret·ti·fied, adjective

Words Nearby prettify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use prettify in a sentence

  • Or it could prettify empty, big-box stores and try to make them more welcoming.

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  • I must send him a little box at Christmas,—some little things to trim up his new house and prettify it.

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  • There is no need to prettify the record; the record, as it stands, in all its crude natural colors, is good enough.

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  • It is not the function of the biographer any more than it is that of a dentist to prettify his subject.

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  • "Let no one think that they can force me to prettify my types," he said.

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British Dictionary definitions for prettify


/ (ˈprɪtɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to make pretty, esp in a trivial fashion; embellish

Derived forms of prettify

  • prettification, noun
  • prettifier, noun

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