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verb (used with object)
to decorate with ornamental needlework.
to produce or form in needlework.
to adorn or embellish rhetorically, especially with ornate language or fictitious details: He embroidered the account of the shipwreck to hold his listeners' interest.
verb (used without object)
to do embroidery.
to add embellishments; exaggerate (often followed by on or upon ).

1350–1400; em-1 + broider; replacing Middle English embroderen, frequentative of embroden < Middle French embro(u)der, equivalent to em- em-1 + Old French brosder, derivative of brosd < Germanic (see brad)

embroiderer, noun
overembroider, verb (used with object)
unembroidered, adjective

3. elaborate, exaggerate, color, fancify.
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embroider (ɪmˈbrɔɪdə)
1.  to do decorative needlework (upon)
2.  to add fictitious or fanciful detail to (a story)
3.  to add exaggerated or improbable details to (an account of an event, etc)
[C15: from Old French embroder; see em-en-1, broider]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from Anglo-Norm. enbrouder, from en- "in" + broisder "embroider," from Frank. *brozdon, from P.Gmc. *bruzdajanan. Influenced by O.E. brogden, pp. of bregad "to weave" (see braid).
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Bible Dictionary

Embroider definition

The art of embroidery was known to the Jews (Ex. 26:36; 35:35; 38:23; Judg. 5:30; Ps. 45:14). The skill of the women in this art was seen in the preparation of the sacerdotal robes of the high priest (Ex. 28). It seems that the art became hereditary in certain families (1 Chr. 4:21). The Assyrians were also noted for their embroidered robes (Ezek. 27:24).

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