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[byoo-tuh-fahy] /ˈbyu təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), beautified, beautifying.
to make or become beautiful.
Origin of beautify
1520-30; beauty + -fy
Related forms
[byoo-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
beautifier, noun
unbeautified, adjective
Can be confused
beatify, beautify.
adorn, embellish, enhance; bedeck, array. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for beautify
Historical Examples
  • Cardinal after cardinal, pope after pope, employed his marvelous genius to beautify the capital of the world.

    Historic Boyhoods Rupert Sargent Holland
  • Now he's going to beautify himself—here's a precious locksmith!'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Every gesture is a stroke of color which may beautify or mar the picture.

  • I want to beautify Wakefield, and as near as I can remember there is room for improvement.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • These grand resorts were furnished with everything the heart could wish, to beautify and make them pleasant.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • Reflect that you may gladden and beautify your lives, or embitter them, according as you now act.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • The place of his sanctuary, which we greatly desire to beautify, is a site of surpassing natural beauty.

    Spencer's Letters Orson Spencer
  • These islands may be considered as the gardens of the country, which they enrich and beautify.

  • Flowers and vines are planted here to beautify this shrine, and every pole has a bear-skull on it.

  • It will beautify their arts, and erotically confuse their religions.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
British Dictionary definitions for beautify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become beautiful
Derived Forms
beautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
beautifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for beautify

mid-15c., "to make beautiful," from beauty + -fy. Intransitive sense, "to become beautiful," is recorded from 1590s. Related: Beautified; beautifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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