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dec·o·rate

 (dĕk′ə-rāt′)
tr.v. dec·o·rat·ed, dec·o·rat·ing, dec·o·rates
1. To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.
2. To confer a medal or other honor on: was decorated for bravery.

[From Middle English decorat, made beautiful, from Latin decorātus, past participle of decorāre, to beautify, from decus, decor-, honor, ornament; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

decorate

(ˈdɛkəˌreɪt)
vb
1. (tr) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
2. to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
3. (Military) (tr) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
4. (Chemistry) (tr) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
[C16: from Latin decorāre, from decus adornment; see decent]

dec•o•rate

(ˈdɛk əˌreɪt)

v.t. -rat•ed, -rat•ing.
1. to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish.
2. to design the interior of (a room or building).
3. to confer distinction upon by a badge, medal, or the like.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin decorātus, past participle of decorāre, v. derivative of decus an ornament, splendor, honor]

decorate


Past participle: decorated
Gerund: decorating

Imperative
decorate
decorate
Present
I decorate
you decorate
he/she/it decorates
we decorate
you decorate
they decorate
Preterite
I decorated
you decorated
he/she/it decorated
we decorated
you decorated
they decorated
Present Continuous
I am decorating
you are decorating
he/she/it is decorating
we are decorating
you are decorating
they are decorating
Present Perfect
I have decorated
you have decorated
he/she/it has decorated
we have decorated
you have decorated
they have decorated
Past Continuous
I was decorating
you were decorating
he/she/it was decorating
we were decorating
you were decorating
they were decorating
Past Perfect
I had decorated
you had decorated
he/she/it had decorated
we had decorated
you had decorated
they had decorated
Future
I will decorate
you will decorate
he/she/it will decorate
we will decorate
you will decorate
they will decorate
Future Perfect
I will have decorated
you will have decorated
he/she/it will have decorated
we will have decorated
you will have decorated
they will have decorated
Future Continuous
I will be decorating
you will be decorating
he/she/it will be decorating
we will be decorating
you will be decorating
they will be decorating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been decorating
you have been decorating
he/she/it has been decorating
we have been decorating
you have been decorating
they have been decorating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been decorating
you will have been decorating
he/she/it will have been decorating
we will have been decorating
you will have been decorating
they will have been decorating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been decorating
you had been decorating
he/she/it had been decorating
we had been decorating
you had been decorating
they had been decorating
Conditional
I would decorate
you would decorate
he/she/it would decorate
we would decorate
you would decorate
they would decorate
Past Conditional
I would have decorated
you would have decorated
he/she/it would have decorated
we would have decorated
you would have decorated
they would have decorated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.decorate - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.decorate - 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.decorate - be beautiful to look atdecorate - 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.decorate - award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; "He was decorated for his services in the military"
honor, honour, reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
4.decorate - provide with decoration; "dress the windows"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

decorate

verb
1. adorn, deck, trim, embroider, garnish, ornament, embellish, festoon, bedeck, beautify, grace, engarland He decorated the box with glitter and ribbons.
2. do up, paper, paint, wallpaper, renovate (informal), furbish a small, badly decorated office
3. pin a medal on, give a medal to, cite, confer an honour on or upon He was decorated for his services to the nation.

decorate

verb
To furnish with decorations:
Translations
يُزَخْرِف، يُزَيِّنيُزَيِّنُيَطْلي، يَدْهَنيُقَلِّدُ وِساماً
zdobitmalovattapetovatvyznamenat
dekoreregøre i standpynteudsmykke
koristellasomistaakoristaa
urediti
kifestkitapétáz
prÿîa híbÿli; mála; veggfóîrasæma heiîursmerkiskreyta
装飾する
장식하다
apdailininkasapdovanoti garbės ženklu ar panatlikti vidaus apdailos darbusdekoratyvinisdekoruoti
apbalvotdekorētizgreznotnokrāsotrotāt
odlikovatiokrasitipoložiti tapeteprepleskati
måla och tapetsera
ประดับ
badana yapmakboyadekore etmekmadalya vermeknişan takmak
trang trí

decorate

[ˈdekəreɪt] VT
1. (= adorn) → decorar, adornar (with de)
2. (= paint) [+ room, house] → pintar; (= paper) → empapelar
3. (= honour) → condecorar

decorate

[ˈdɛkəreɪt] vt
(= paint and paper) → peindre et tapisser
(= add decoration to) [+ cake] → décorer; [+ room] → décorer
I decorated the cake with glacé cherries → J'ai décoré le gâteau avec des cerises confites.
to be decorated with [room] → être décoré(e) de
to be decorated (= awarded medal) [soldier] → être décoré(e)

decorate

vt
cake, hatverzieren; street, building, Christmas treeschmücken; roomtapezieren; (= paint)(an)streichen; (for special occasion) → dekorieren
soldierdekorieren, auszeichnen

decorate

[ˈdɛkəˌreɪt] vt
a. to decorate (with) (adorn) → decorare (con)
b. (paint and wallpaper, room) → pitturare e tappezzare
c. (honour, soldier) → decorare

decorate

(ˈdekəreit) verb
1. to add some kind of ornament etc to (something) to make more beautiful, striking etc. We decorated the Christmas tree with glass balls.
2. to put paint, paper etc on the walls, ceiling and woodwork of (a room). He spent a week decorating the living-room.
3. to give a medal or badge to (someone) as a mark of honour. He was decorated for his bravery.
ˌdecoˈration noun
1. something used to decorate. Christmas decorations.
2. the act of decorating. The decoration of the house will be a long job.
ˈdecorative (-rətiv) adjective
ornamental or beautiful (especially if not useful). a decorative arrangement of flowers.
ˈdecorator noun
a person who decorates rooms, houses etc. He was a painter and decorator.

decorate

يُزَيِّنُ zdobit dekorere dekorieren διακοσμώ decorar koristella décorer urediti decorare 装飾する 장식하다 versieren dekorere ozdobić decorar украшать måla och tapetsera ประดับ dekore etmek trang trí 装饰
References in classic literature ?
The young man admitted that Laitner was a warm personal friend, who permitted Arobin's name to decorate the firm's letterheads and to appear upon a shingle that graced Perdido Street.
Living Perkins was asked to decorate one of the black- boards and Rebecca the other.
The next morning, at nine o'clock, he entered Franz's room, followed by a tailor, who had eight or ten Roman peasant costumes on his arm; they selected two exactly alike, and charged the tailor to sew on each of their hats about twenty yards of ribbon, and to procure them two of the long silk sashes of different colors with which the lower orders decorate themselves on fete-days.
It is true, she had no more lace with which to decorate another handkerchief, but the sale of this would supply the money to purchase anew, and in this way the simple minded girl saw no reason why she might not continue on as long as health and strength would allow--at least as long as her grandmother lived.
Tristram lived behind one of those chalk-colored facades which decorate with their pompous sameness the broad avenues manufactured by Baron Haussmann in the neighborhood of the Arc de Triomphe.
She has shown herself the sweetest craft that ever floated, and I mean to decorate her prow with the handsomest image that the skill of man can cut out of timber.
He strode theatrically up to our table and addressing me as "Young Ulysses" proposed I should go outside on the fields of asphalt and help him gather a few marguerites to decorate a truly infernal supper which was being organized across the road at the Maison Doree - upstairs.
And when we get back from that expedition," said the indefatigable narrator, "they'll decorate us with the Southern Cross that shines up there in the Creator's button-hole.
The white people of this town, including both men and women, began arranging to decorate the town, and to form themselves into committees for the purpose of cooperating with the officers of our school in order that the distinguished visitor might have a fitting reception.
We Horners spend all our time digging radium from the mines under this mountain, and we use it to decorate our homes and make them pretty and cosy.
Wyvil is to decorate the town hall in the place that he represents; and our dear kind-hearted Cecilia has induced a fascinated mayor and corporation to confide the work to my hands.
Neither the vestry nor the curate were rich enough to decorate the altar.