- to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish: to decorate walls with murals.
- to plan and execute the design, furnishings, and ornamentation of the interior of (a house, office, apartment, etc.), especially by selecting colors, fabrics, and style of furniture, by making minor structural changes, etc.: Their house is decorated in French Provincial style.
- to confer distinction upon by a badge, a medal of honor, etc.: to decorate a soldier for valor.
Origin of decorate
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Examples from the Web for redecorate
Bright colors are fine for rich people who can redecorate as a sort of a hobby, but what about the rest of us?Beyond Stainless
October 19, 2012
Oprah Winfrey will redecorate the guest room at the White House, and Gayle will help.10 Ways Obama Will Update the White House
November 6, 2008
If he has ways you don't approve, you can cure them; redecorate and remodel him with the latest American improvements.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Im going to redecorate it inside and out, and the place is right in the center of the busiest part of the beach.The Motion Picture Chums at Seaside Park
When we redecorate round here it takes Miss Faithful about a half hour to plan the show.The Gorgeous Girl
She consulted me in regard to a room she wanted to redecorate, a bronze that she was considering.The Fifth Wheel
Olive Higgins Prouty
- to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc) again
- (tr) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
- to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
- (tr) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
- (tr) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
Word Origin and History for redecorate
early 15c., from Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare "to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify," from decus (genitive decoris) "an ornament," from PIE root *dek- "to receive, be suitable" (see decent). Related: Decorated; decorating.