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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 ?
At one end a ruminating tar was still further adorning it with his jack-knife, stooping over and diligently working away at the space between his legs.
I saw those two together, in a bright perspective, such well-associated friends, each adorning the other so much!
I found a clever workman, and made him cut out under my direction the foundation of a saddle, which I wadded and covered with choice leather, adorning it with rich gold embroidery.
Last night, before this terrible misfortune in which we are plunged befell us, I saw thee in thy everyday and indoor garments; and now, without having had time to attire thyself, and without my bringing thee any joyful tidings to furnish an occasion for adorning and bedecking thyself, I see thee arrayed in the finest attire it would be in my power to give thee when fortune was most kind to us.
The metal anklets and armlets adorning him aroused her envy.
An office in the household, with merely nominal duties, had been assigned to her as a pretext for the payment of a small pension, the greater part of which she expended in adorning herself with an antique magnificence of attire.
Irwine in a general statement concerning the Church clergy in the surrounding district, whom he described as men given up to the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life; hunting and shooting, and adorning their own houses; asking what shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and wherewithal shall we be clothed?
First he shaped the shield so great and strong, adorning it all over and binding it round with a gleaming circuit in three layers; and the baldric was made of silver.
The young men and warriors produced their spears, paddles, canoe-gear, battle-clubs, and war-conchs, and occupied themselves in carving, all sorts of figures upon them with pointed bits of shell or flint, and adorning them, especially the war-conchs, with tassels of braided bark and tufts of human hair.
Both sexes were fond of adorning themselves with bracelets of iron, brass, or copper.
Of molten stars their pavement, such as fall Thro' the ebon air, besilvering the pall Of their own dissolution, while they die - Adorning then the dwellings of the sky.
He liked to talk and he talked well, adorning his speech with terms of endearment and with folk sayings which Pierre thought he invented himself, but the chief charm of his talk lay in the fact that the commonest events- sometimes just such as Pierre had witnessed without taking notice of them- assumed in Karataev's a character of solemn fitness.