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em·bel·lish

 (ĕm-bĕl′ĭsh)
tr.v. em·bel·lished, em·bel·lish·ing, em·bel·lish·es
1. To make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate.
2. To add ornamental or fictitious details to: a fanciful account that embellishes the true story.

[Middle English embelishen, from Old French embellir, embelliss- : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + bel, beautiful (from Latin bellus; see deu- in Indo-European roots).]

em·bel′lish·er n.
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embellish

(ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ)
vb (tr)
1. to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
2. to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
3. (Music, other) to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornaments. See ornament5
[C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus]
emˈbellisher n
emˈbellishment n
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em•bel•lish

(ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ)

v.t.
1. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; adorn.
2. to enhance with elaborative additions.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French embeliss-]
em•bel′lish•er, n.
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embellish


Past participle: embellished
Gerund: embellishing

Imperative
embellish
embellish
Present
I embellish
you embellish
he/she/it embellishes
we embellish
you embellish
they embellish
Preterite
I embellished
you embellished
he/she/it embellished
we embellished
you embellished
they embellished
Present Continuous
I am embellishing
you are embellishing
he/she/it is embellishing
we are embellishing
you are embellishing
they are embellishing
Present Perfect
I have embellished
you have embellished
he/she/it has embellished
we have embellished
you have embellished
they have embellished
Past Continuous
I was embellishing
you were embellishing
he/she/it was embellishing
we were embellishing
you were embellishing
they were embellishing
Past Perfect
I had embellished
you had embellished
he/she/it had embellished
we had embellished
you had embellished
they had embellished
Future
I will embellish
you will embellish
he/she/it will embellish
we will embellish
you will embellish
they will embellish
Future Perfect
I will have embellished
you will have embellished
he/she/it will have embellished
we will have embellished
you will have embellished
they will have embellished
Future Continuous
I will be embellishing
you will be embellishing
he/she/it will be embellishing
we will be embellishing
you will be embellishing
they will be embellishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been embellishing
you have been embellishing
he/she/it has been embellishing
we have been embellishing
you have been embellishing
they have been embellishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been embellishing
you will have been embellishing
he/she/it will have been embellishing
we will have been embellishing
you will have been embellishing
they will have been embellishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been embellishing
you had been embellishing
he/she/it had been embellishing
we had been embellishing
you had been embellishing
they had been embellishing
Conditional
I would embellish
you would embellish
he/she/it would embellish
we would embellish
you would embellish
they would embellish
Past Conditional
I would have embellished
you would have embellished
he/she/it would have embellished
we would have embellished
you would have embellished
they would have embellished
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.embellish - add details to
glorify - cause to seem more splendid; "You are glorifying a rather mediocre building"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
2.embellish - be beautiful to look atembellish - 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.embellish - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.embellish - 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"
4.embellish - make more beautiful
neaten, groom - care for one's external appearance; "He is always well-groomed"
groom, curry, dress - give a neat appearance to; "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
window-dress, dress up - make something appear superficially attractive; "The researcher tried to dress up the uninteresting data"; "Don't try to dress up the unpleasant truth"
slick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce, spruce up, titivate, tittivate - make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child"
polish, smooth, smoothen, shine - make (a surface) shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"
become, suit - enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This behavior doesn't suit you!"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

embellish

verb
1. decorate, enhance, adorn, dress, grace, deck, trim, dress up, enrich, garnish, ornament, gild, festoon, bedeck, tart up (slang), beautify The boat was embellished with red and blue carvings.
2. elaborate, colour, exaggerate, dress up, embroider, varnish He embellished the story with invented dialogue and extra details.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

embellish

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، يُزَخْرِفيُنَمِّق، يَزيد التّفاصيل للإثارَه
brodere påforskønneudsmykke
kaunistella
díszítkiszínezszépít
skreytaskreyta, ÿkja
pagražinimaspagražintipapuošimas
izgreznotizpušķotizrotāt
prikrášliť
ilginçleştirmeksüslemeksüsleyip püslemek

embellish

[ɪmˈbelɪʃ] VT (= decorate) → embellecer (with con) (fig) [+ story, truth] → adornar (with con)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

embellish

[ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ] vt
(= exaggerate) [+ story, account] → enjoliver
(= decorate) → décorer, enjoliver
to be embellished with → être décoré(e) de
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

embellish

vt (= adorn)schmücken, verschönern; (fig) tale, accountausschmücken; truthbeschönigen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

embellish

[ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ] vt to embellish (with) (decorate) → abbellire (con) (fig) (story, truth) → infiorettare (con)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

embellish

(imˈbeliʃ) verb
1. to increase the interest of (a story etc) by adding (untrue) details. The soldier embellished the story of his escape.
2. to make beautiful with ornaments etc. uniform embellished with gold braid.
emˈbellishment noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
In one place he calls Chaucer "The worshipful father and first founder and embellisher of ornate eloquence in our English." Here, I think, he shows that he was trying to follow the advice of "those honest and great clerks" who told him he should write "the most curious terms" that he could find.
The flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipe embellishers, M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M Performance specific tuning, Variable sport steering Adaptive M Sport Suspension, and 21-inch cast light-alloy wheels provide a distinctive sporting character.
These are the embellishers of space that we should promote as designers and academicians as our rich heritage.
Other features include the flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipe embellishers, M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M Performance-specific tuning, variable sport steering and 20-inch cast light-alloy wheels.
An M sports exhaust system -- with exclusive tailpipe embellishers in Black chrome on the left and right -- is responsible for producing the unmistakable and rousing BMW M soundtrack.
"They will draw the line, shapes, colours and texture to create tale tapestries using felt, cotton, flannel and stitch, using embellishers and sewing machines as well as hand-stitching."
It features a large hexagonal grille with chrome embellishers, sleek projector headlights with LED DRLs, sporty bumpers, angular fog lamps, LED taillights and a boot spoiler.
The main objective of the collaboration is to provide sustainable solutions to female sales agents and women embellishers for enterprise development.
These CFCs are being equipped with the necessary infrastructure.It will serve as one stop centre facilitating contacts between the embellishers and buyers.
Chapters are: instruments of state policy; complexities of decorated royal letters; decoration, format, design, and text; limners, printers and embellishers; James I; Charles I; the interregnum; Charles II; James II.
Green also identifies some of the myth's key transmitters and embellishers, concluding with Alexis de Tocqueville.
Other features were wheel embellishers and special 1000000 badges on the bonnet and boot lid.