Definitions

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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