decorate

[dek-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), decorated, decorating.
1.
to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish: to decorate walls with murals.
2.
to plan and execute the design, furnishings, and ornamentation of the interior of (a house, office, apartment, etc.), especially by selecting colors, fabrics, and style of furniture, by making minor structural changes, etc.: Their house is decorated in French Provincial style.
3.
to confer distinction upon by a badge, a medal of honor, etc.: to decorate a soldier for valor.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin decorātus (past participle of decorāre), equivalent to decor- (stem of decus) an ornament, splendor, honor (see decent) + -ātus -ate1

overdecorate, verb, overdecorated, overdecorating.
redecorate, verb, redecorated, redecorating.
undecorate, verb (used with object), undecorated, undecorating.


1. ornament, bedeck, trim, garnish, festoon.
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decorate (ˈdɛkəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
2.  to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
3.  (tr) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
4.  (tr) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
 
[C16: from Latin decorāre, from decus adornment; see decent]

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decorate
mid-15c., from L. decoratus, pp. of decorare "to decorate," from decus (gen. decoris) "an ornament," from PIE base *dek- "to receive, be suitable" (see decent).
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Example sentences
From earrings and necklaces to lipstick and tattoos, humans across cultures
  decorate themselves.
The effort taken to bury and decorate the remains implies the infants or their
  families were held in high esteem, she notes.
But the details have been fuzzy because it's difficult to tinker with the
  mixture of hydrocarbons that decorate the flies.
Every holiday the cook, waitresses, and he would decorate and dress for the
  occasion.
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