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[bih-dek] /bɪˈdɛk/
verb (used with object)
to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner.
Origin of bedeck
1560-70; be- + deck
Related forms
unbedecked, adjective
array, decorate, ornament; beautify, enhance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bedeck
  • Hundreds and hundreds of varieties and a profusion of blossoms border the trails and bedeck the hillsides.
  • Fold it spoonful by spoonful into whipped cream for blush-pink dressing to bedeck a fruit salad.
  • The image is made literal in the flowers that are grown to bedeck the corpses and end up in the flames of cremation.
  • If you must be fashionable, the prevailing fashion wisdom goes, bedeck yourself in only one outfit dictated by the style tyrants.
  • Tiffany lamps bedeck the ceilings, and the extensive woodwork is made of southern white oak.
British Dictionary definitions for bedeck


(transitive) to cover with decorations; adorn
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Word Origin and History for bedeck

1560s, from be- + deck (v.). Related: Bedecked; bedecking.

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