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English verb: adorn

1. adorn (creation) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.


SamplesDecorate the room for the party.
Beautify yourself for the special day.


ExamplesThey adorn the halls with holly


Synonymsbeautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)applique, bard, barde, bead, bedeck, bedight, bedizen, begild, bejewel, beset, bespangle, blazon, braid, broider, caparison, color, colour, deck, dress, dress ship, dress up, emblazon, emblazon, embroider, enamel, encrust, engild, festoon, filet, fillet, flag, fledge, flight, foliate, fret, fringe, garland, garnish, gild, gild the lily, hang, illuminate, illustrate, incrust, inlay, jewel, lacquer, landscape, paint the lily, panel, pipe, prank, redecorate, scallop, smock, spangle, stick, stucco, tart up, tinsel, trim, trim, vermiculate, wreathe


Verb groupornament

2. adorn (stative) be beautiful to look at


SamplesFlowers adorned the tables everywhere.


ExamplesHolly flowers adorn the halls


Synonymsbeautify, deck, decorate, embellish, grace


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)ornament

3. adorn (social) furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors


Synonymsclothe, invest


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody with something


Broader (hypernym)equip, fit, fit out, outfit









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