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prettify

[prit-uh-fahy] /ˈprɪt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), prettified, prettifying.
1.
to make pretty, especially in a small, petty way:
to prettify a natural beauty.
2.
to minimize or gloss over (something unpleasant):
to prettify his rude behavior.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; prett(y) + -ify
Related forms
prettification, noun
prettifier, noun
unprettified, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prettification

prettify

/ˈprɪtɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to make pretty, esp in a trivial fashion; embellish
Derived Forms
prettification, noun
prettifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for prettification
n.

1902, noun of action from prettify.

prettify

v.

1836, from pretty (adj.) + -fy. Related: Prettified; prettifying.

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