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- v. To embellish or improve something unnecessarily.
- v. To add superfluous attributes to something.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make unnecessary additions to what is already complete
- v. adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
A common misquotation of a line from William Shakespeare's 1595 play King John, iv 2: (Wiktionary)