redecorate

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]

redecorate (riːˈdɛkəˌreɪt)
 
vb
to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc) again
 
redeco'ration
 
n

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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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