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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 ?
Simple as the furniture was, it was set off by so many little adornments, of no value but for their taste and fancy, that its effect was delightful.
The town spoke in her well-cut gown and a few simple adornments, but the dryad still moved inside.
Look here, old fellow," said Morris, "it is a capital idea to have all ready in case we want to go horse backing, but don't you think that one of your snappy carriages with its heraldic adornments in a byway of Walworth or Mile End would attract too much attention for our purpose?
With some suitable adornments from my own fancy, it ran pretty much as follows.
Her bridal adornments, it is true, at first caused some little dismay, having painted and anointed herself for the occasion according to the Chinook toilet; by dint, however, of copious ablutions, she was freed from all adventitious tint and fragrance, and entered into the nuptial state, the cleanest princess that had ever been known, of the somewhat unctuous tribe of the Chinooks.
Bellegarde always welcomed the prospect of a long stretch of conversation, and before long the two men sat watching the great blaze which scattered its scintillations over the high adornments of Newman's ball-room.
Through all the good taste of her dress and little adornments, these objections so express themselves that she seems to go about like a very neat she-wolf imperfectly tamed.
You, daughters of Eve, who have that wholesome love of pleasure which is one of the greatest adornments of the female character, set up a society for the promotion of universal amusement, and save the British nation from the lamentable social consequences of its own gravity
She craved those adornments of person which she saw every day on the street, conceiving them to be allies of vast importance to women.
This fact will account for the rapturous mood in which Polly found herself when, after making her bonnet, washing and ironing her best set, blacking her boots and mending her fan, she at last, like Consuelo, "put on a little dress of black silk" and, with the smaller adornments pinned up in a paper, started for the Shaws', finding it difficult to walk decorously when her heart was dancing in her bosom.
Reclining shepherds and shepherdesses in Watteau costume, with their dogs and their sheep, formed the adornments of the pedestal.
She had scarcely completed these arrangements to her entire satisfaction, when the friend arrived with a whity-brown parcel--flat and three- cornered--containing sundry small adornments which were to be put on upstairs, and which the friend put on, talking incessantly.