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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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adorn

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

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

adorn

[əˈdɔːn] VTadornar, embellecer
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adorn

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

vtschmücken, zieren (geh); to adorn oneselfsich schmücken
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adorn

[əˈdɔːn] vt (liter) → abbellire, ornare
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adorn

(əˈdoːn) verb
to make beautiful, with decorations etc. Their house is adorned with beautiful antique ornaments.
aˈdornment noun
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References in classic literature ?
On the right of this valley opened another of less extent, adorned with several villages, and terminated by one of the towers of an old ruined abby, grown over with ivy, and part of the front, which remained still entire.
It has a massive portico and steps, before it, heavily balustraded, and adorned with life-sized rusty iron knights in complete armor.
THE CAMEL, when he saw the Bull adorned with horns, envied him and wished that he himself could obtain the same honors.
Poetry, gentle sir, is, as I take it, like a tender young maiden of supreme beauty, to array, bedeck, and adorn whom is the task of several other maidens, who are all the rest of the sciences; and she must avail herself of the help of all, and all derive their lustre from her.
The Bowers appeared to know it, and one and another whispered as she passed, "Adorn thyself with me, thou beautiful child, adorn thyself with me!" -- and, to please them, Pearl gathered the violets, and anemones, and columbines, and some twigs of the freshest green, which the old trees held down before her eyes.
In my Mind, every Virtue that could adorn it was centered; it was the Rendez-vous of every good Quality and of every noble sentiment.
They clothed her with heavenly garments: on her head they put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichalc and precious gold, and adorned her with golden necklaces over her soft neck and snow-white breasts, jewels which the gold- filleted Hours wear themselves whenever they go to their father's house to join the lovely dances of the gods.
Thus it will be a double glory for him to have established a new principality, and adorned and strengthened it with good laws, good arms, good allies, and with a good example; so will it be a double disgrace to him who, born a prince, shall lose his state by want of wisdom.
His manly figure was adorned and enriched by a beautiful pair of donkey's ears.
Then her desire had been to adorn herself with something, and the more adorned the better.
Stevens is an agreeable writer, and, as is the case with men of talent, his gifts adorn his sterling soundness.
Thou canst not adorn thyself fine enough for thy friend; for thou shalt be unto him an arrow and a longing for the Superman.