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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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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 over adorn

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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