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

  • transitive v. To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.
  • transitive v. To confer a medal or other honor on: was decorated for bravery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To furnish with decorations.
  • v. To improve the appearance of an interior of a house, room, office and so forth.
  • v. (transitive) (In some programming languages) To extend a method, etc. by attaching some further code item.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deck with that which is becoming, ornamental, or honorary; to adorn; to beautify; to embellish

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To distinguish; grace; honor.
  • To deck with something becoming or ornamental; adorn; beautify; embellish: as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice.
  • To confer distinction upon by means of a badge or medal of honor: as, to decorate an artist with the cross of the Legion of Honor.

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

  • v. award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
  • v. make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  • v. provide with decoration
  • v. be beautiful to look at


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

From Middle English decorat, made beautiful, from Latin decorātus, past participle of decorāre, to beautify, from decus, decor-, honor, ornament; see dek- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare ("to adorn, distinguish, honor"), from decus ("ornament, grace, dignity, honor"), akin to decor ("elegance, grace, beauty, ornament"), from decet ("adorn, befit").



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