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decorate

[dek-uh-reyt] /ˈdɛk əˌreɪt/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
overdecorate, verb, overdecorated, overdecorating.
redecorate, verb, redecorated, redecorating.
undecorate, verb (used with object), undecorated, undecorating.
Synonyms
1. ornament, bedeck, trim, garnish, festoon.
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British Dictionary definitions for re decorate

decorate

/ˈdɛkəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
2.
to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
3.
(transitive) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
4.
(transitive) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
Word Origin
C16: from Latin decorāre, from decus adornment; see decent
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Word Origin and History for re decorate

decorate

v.

early 15c., from Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare "to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify," from decus (genitive decoris) "an ornament," from PIE root *dek- "to receive, be suitable" (see decent). Related: Decorated; decorating.

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