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beautify

[byoo-tuh-fahy] /ˈbyu təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), beautified, beautifying.
1.
to make or become beautiful.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; beauty + -fy
Related forms
beautification
[byoo-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌbyu tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
beautifier, noun
unbeautified, adjective
Can be confused
beatify, beautify.
Synonyms
adorn, embellish, enhance; bedeck, array.
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Examples for beautify
  • They then developed a plan to beautify the school property.
  • It can help to beautify ugly places and enrich poor places.
  • She received the award for her leadership in campaigns to beautify roadways, parks and urban plazas.
  • The graffiti looked as if the medium as well as the message was intended to deface and defy, not to beautify or persuade.
  • Students collaborate to beautify a development in their community.
  • Plans to beautify and renew older units are in process.
  • Acre by acre or patch by patch, it's the backyard gardens that really beautify our state.
  • Trees beautify the landscape and enhance the quality of life for all residents.
  • Recycling and reusing tires helps to beautify our neighborhoods and city.
  • Cherry trees, sumac, and plum were planted to beautify the area and stabilize the steep slope.
British Dictionary definitions for beautify

beautify

/ˈbjuːtɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make or become beautiful
Derived Forms
beautification (ˌbjuːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
beautifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for beautify
v.

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

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