Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To adorn or ornament in a showy fashion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To deck, ornament, or adorn; to grace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deck, ornament, or adorn; to grace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deck out; adorn; grace: as, “bedecking ornaments,” ; “bedecked, ornate, and gay,”
  • A simplified spelling of bedecked.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. decorate

Etymologies

From be- +‎ deck. Cognate with West Frisian bedekke ("to cover"), Dutch bedekken ("to cover, coat, overlay"), German bedecken ("to cover, top, overlay"), Swedish betäcka ("to cover, shelter"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just as she had refused to "bedeck" herself for social occasions as a girl, so her choreography insisted that the audience see plainly what is there instead of buying into some comfy illusion.

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  • Invariably a few spotlight-hungry imposters will bedeck themselves with awards they did not earn, position themselves to be

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  • Funny, but too bad they didn't bedeck it with ornaments and tinsel before launch.

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  • Stretch your Samurai-headband-attired block of tofu and release your finger to ping him towards delicious blobs of chi, while avoiding his natural enemies, the iron spikes and spinning blades that bedeck increasing proportions of each level.

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  • Together with the vaguely Brooks-like saddle, skinwall tires, and "hammered" or hammered look fenders, the bike will do doubt infuriate Randonnerds, retrogrouches, and the sorts of people who bedeck their bicycles with an airport carousel's worth of canvas luggage, but will simply look really nice to people who don't know what any of that means or who don't really care.

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  • There are those who ignore the warnings, the patterns of stones laid out in vast shimmering mosaics, the singing wind-wires, the lines of suspended sun mirrors, designed to dazzle, and the flags that bedeck the ridges, hoisted on masts that bend and snap in the wind as if to berate and admonish those who venture too close.

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  • More chances to reach out, to sing, to love, to bedeck ourselves in ritual colors and become splendid as the year turns around.

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  • I'm wondering just how far this will have to go before the non-parliamentary subjects of this country take to the streets and bedeck the lamp posts of Whitehall and near environs with the rotting corpses of "Honourable Members" of both the Lower and Upper Houses.

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  • In other lands, people bedeck themselves with scars, lip plugs or bright feathers.

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  • A little bit of extra matter exerted a gravitational pull on other matter until slight excesses grew huge, giving birth to the galaxies and clusters of galaxies, surrounded by voids, that bedeck the sky.

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