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adorn

[uh-dawrn] /əˈdɔrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments:
garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
2.
to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance:
Piety adorned Abigail's character.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English adornen < Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne < Middle French < Latin
Related forms
adorner, noun
adorningly, adverb
nonadorner, noun
nonadorning, adjective
overadorn, verb (used with object)
overadorned, adjective
preadorn, verb (used with object)
readorn, verb (used with object)
readorning, adjective
self-adorning, adjective
superadorn, verb (used with object)
unadorned, adjective
well-adorned, adjective
Synonyms
1. beautify; deck, bedeck; bedizen, array.
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Examples from the web for adorn
  • Ninety-nine pair of antlers adorn the walls, and to each one there is attached a story.
  • Fountains and sculptures adorn the grounds, while manicured lawns and tree-filled parks offer breathing room.
  • Youngsters are taken from the wild to adorn private zoos.
  • Under deeper cover, it can disappear beneath the sponges and other marine life it uses to adorn its shell.
  • Not only does the town have a dinosaur sculpture park, but various dinosaurs adorn vehicles around town.
  • And then the architects presented him with the options for the thermostats that would adorn the walls of his perfect home.
  • Yet she has a tendency to adorn some of them with choreographic whipped cream.
  • Leaflets promoting investment products, and a board listing the latest exchange rates, adorn the walls.
  • adorn your desktop with the dazzling plumage of these colorful woodpeckers.
  • adorn napkins with name cards, herbs, and a ribbon for a dash of holiday color.
British Dictionary definitions for adorn

adorn

/əˈdɔːn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
2.
to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
Derived Forms
adornment, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare
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Word Origin and History for adorn
v.

late 14c., "to decorate, embellish," also "be an ornament to," from Old French aorner "to order, arrange, dispose, equip; adorn," from Latin adornare "equip, provide, embellish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ornare "prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. Related: Adorned; adorning.

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