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prettify

[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.
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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
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Related Words for prettify

bedeck, embellish, festoon, beautify, embroider, adorn, decorate, clothe, attire, trim, deck, gild, enrich, brighten, primp, polish, array, garnish, dress, grace

Examples from the Web for prettify

Contemporary Examples of prettify

Historical Examples of prettify

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

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

    Jean Francois Millet

    Estelle M. Hurll

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

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

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

    Hildegarde's Harvest

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for prettify

prettify

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

v.

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

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