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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.

decorated

[dek-uh-rey-tid] /ˈdɛk əˌreɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
(often initial capital letter) of pertaining to, or characteristic of the English gothic architecture of the late 13th through the late 14th centuries, characterized by curvilinear tracery, elaborate ornamental sculpture and vaulting, and refinement of stonecutting techniques.
Origin
1720-30; decorate + -ed2
Related forms
nondecorated, adjective
quasi-decorated, adjective
superdecorated, adjective
undecorated, adjective
well-decorated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for undecorated

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 undecorated

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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