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a·dorn

 (ə-dôrn′)
tr.v. a·dorned, a·dorn·ing, a·dorns
1. To lend beauty to: flowers adorned the walkway.
2. To enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments: "[He] requires the presence of titles to legitimate and adorn ... his imperfect status" (Cynthia Ozick).

[Middle English adornen, from Old French adourner, from Latin adōrnāre : ad-, ad- + ōrnāre, to decorate; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

a·dorn′er n.

adorn

(əˈdɔːn)
vb (tr)
1. to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers.
2. to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
[C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare]
aˈdornment n

a•dorn

(əˈdɔrn)

v.t.
1. to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments.
2. to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin adōrnāre=ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate)]
a•dorn′er, n.
a•dorn′ing•ly, adv.

adorn


Past participle: adorned
Gerund: adorning

Imperative
adorn
adorn
Present
I adorn
you adorn
he/she/it adorns
we adorn
you adorn
they adorn
Preterite
I adorned
you adorned
he/she/it adorned
we adorned
you adorned
they adorned
Present Continuous
I am adorning
you are adorning
he/she/it is adorning
we are adorning
you are adorning
they are adorning
Present Perfect
I have adorned
you have adorned
he/she/it has adorned
we have adorned
you have adorned
they have adorned
Past Continuous
I was adorning
you were adorning
he/she/it was adorning
we were adorning
you were adorning
they were adorning
Past Perfect
I had adorned
you had adorned
he/she/it had adorned
we had adorned
you had adorned
they had adorned
Future
I will adorn
you will adorn
he/she/it will adorn
we will adorn
you will adorn
they will adorn
Future Perfect
I will have adorned
you will have adorned
he/she/it will have adorned
we will have adorned
you will have adorned
they will have adorned
Future Continuous
I will be adorning
you will be adorning
he/she/it will be adorning
we will be adorning
you will be adorning
they will be adorning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been adorning
you have been adorning
he/she/it has been adorning
we have been adorning
you have been adorning
they have been adorning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been adorning
you will have been adorning
he/she/it will have been adorning
we will have been adorning
you will have been adorning
they will have been adorning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been adorning
you had been adorning
he/she/it had been adorning
we had been adorning
you had been adorning
they had been adorning
Conditional
I would adorn
you would adorn
he/she/it would adorn
we would adorn
you would adorn
they would adorn
Past Conditional
I would have adorned
you would have adorned
he/she/it would have adorned
we would have adorned
you would have adorned
they would have adorned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.adorn - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.adorn - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
wreathe - decorate or deck with wreaths; "wreathe the grave site"
incrust, encrust, beset - decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
braid - decorate with braids or ribbons; "braid a collar"
broider, embroider - decorate with needlework
stick - cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface; "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
illustrate - supply with illustrations; "illustrate a book with drawings"
garland - adorn with bands of flowers or leaves; "They garlanded the statue"
fledge, flight - decorate with feathers; "fledge an arrow"
bespangle, spangle - decorate with spangles; "the star-spangled banner"
foliate - decorate with leaves
flag - decorate with flags; "the building was flagged for the holiday"
bard, barde, caparison, dress up - put a caparison on; "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"
bead - decorate by sewing beads onto; "bead the wedding gown"
pipe - trim with piping; "pipe the skirt"
applique - sew on as a decoration
gild the lily, paint the lily - adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
vermiculate - decorate with wavy or winding lines
smock - embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally; "The folk dancers wore smocked shirts"
hang - decorate or furnish with something suspended; "Hang wallpaper"
prank - dress or decorate showily or gaudily; "Roses were pranking the lawn"
tinsel - adorn with tinsel; "snow flakes tinseled the trees"
tart up - decorate in a cheap and flashy way; "the small-town bar was all tarted up"
stucco - decorate with stucco work; "stuccoed ceilings"
redecorate - redo the decoration of an apartment or house
panel - decorate with panels; "panel the walls with wood"
bejewel, jewel - adorn or decorate with precious stones; "jeweled dresses"
filet, fillet - decorate with a lace of geometric designs
scallop - decorate an edge with scallops; "the dress had a scalloped skirt"
bedizen - decorate tastelessly
dress ship - decorate a ship with flags
garnish, trim, dress - decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
trim - decorate, as with ornaments; "trim the christmas tree"; "trim a shop window"
bedeck, bedight, deck - decorate; "deck the halls with holly"
festoon - decorate with strings of flowers; "The public buildings were festooned for the holiday"
enamel - coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
inlay - decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
lacquer - coat with lacquer; "A lacquered box from China"
begild, engild, gild - decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
illuminate - add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
blazon, emblazon - decorate with heraldic arms
emblazon, colour, color - decorate with colors; "color the walls with paint in warm tones"
fringe - adorn with a fringe; "The weaver fringed the scarf"
fret - decorate with an interlaced design
landscape - embellish with plants; "Let's landscape the yard"
ornament - be an ornament to; "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"
2.adorn - be beautiful to look atadorn - be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
ornament - be an ornament to; "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"
3.adorn - furnish with power or authorityadorn - furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
equip, fit out, outfit, fit - provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"

adorn

verb decorate, enhance, deck, trim, grace, array, enrich, garnish, ornament, embellish, emblazon, festoon, bedeck, beautify, engarland Several oil paintings adorn the walls.

adorn

verb
1. To furnish with decorations:
2. To endow with beauty and elegance by way of a notable addition:
Translations
يُزَيِّن
zdobit
prydepyntesmykke
skreyta
papuošalaspuošti
greznotizgreznotrotāt
krášliť
süslemek

adorn

[əˈdɔːn] VTadornar, embellecer

adorn

[əˈdɔːrn] vtorner
adorned with → orné(e) de

adorn

vtschmücken, zieren (geh); to adorn oneselfsich schmücken

adorn

[əˈdɔːn] vt (liter) → abbellire, ornare

adorn

(əˈdoːn) verb
to make beautiful, with decorations etc. Their house is adorned with beautiful antique ornaments.
aˈdornment noun
References in classic literature ?
For example, an uncle--who had sailed for India fifty years before, and never been heard of since--might yet return, and adopt her to be the comfort of his very extreme and decrepit age, and adorn her with pearls, diamonds, and Oriental shawls and turbans, and make her the ultimate heiress of his unreckonable riches.
All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.
The dim light fell tenderly on the two quiet seated figures; on the little white bed, with the knots of rose-colored ribbon which looped up its curtains, and the bright dress for dinner laid ready across it; on the gayly painted bath, with its pure lining of white enamel; on the toilet-table with its sparkling trinkets, its crystal bottles, its silver bell with Cupid for a handle, its litter of little luxuries that adorn the shrine of a woman's bed-chamber.
It is true that this people has a natural disposition to goodness; they are very liberal of their alms, they much frequent their churches, and are very studious to adorn them; they practise fasting and other mortifications, and notwithstanding their separation from the Roman Church, and the corruptions which have crept into their faith, yet retain in a great measure the devout fervour of the primitive Christians.
In thus calling your attention to some of the peculiar features in the principles, the character, and the history of our forefathers, it is as wide from my design, as I know it would be from your approbation, to adorn their memory with a chaplet plucked from the domain of others.
I say, too, that when a painter desires to become famous in his art he endeavours to copy the originals of the rarest painters that he knows; and the same rule holds good for all the most important crafts and callings that serve to adorn a state; thus must he who would be esteemed prudent and patient imitate Ulysses, in whose person and labours Homer presents to us a lively picture of prudence and patience; as Virgil, too, shows us in the person of AEneas the virtue of a pious son and the sagacity of a brave and skilful captain; not representing or describing them as they were, but as they ought to be, so as to leave the example of their virtues to posterity.
A range of hills lay against the sky in the horizon, and soon the rows of palms which adorn Bombay came distinctly into view.
To adorn themselves with flowers, to dance, to sing in the sunlight: so much was left of the artistic spirit, and no more.
The queen will only be the more grateful to you, as she knows your antipathy for that amusement; besides, it will be an opportunity for her to wear those beautiful diamonds which you gave her recently on her birthday and with which she has since had no occasion to adorn herself.
She visited the neighbours to beg for candlesticks and mats so as to adorn the temporary altars in the street.
I will take no horses back with me to Ithaca, but will leave them to adorn your own stables, for you have much flat ground in your kingdom where lotus thrives, as also meadow-sweet and wheat and barley, and oats with their white and spreading ears; whereas in Ithaca we have neither open fields nor racecourses, and the country is more fit for goats than horses, and I like it the better for that.
So long as three or four years ago he used to adorn and adore his little idol, whom he will some day fall in love with in right earnest if he remains here.