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English verb: spruce up

1. spruce up (change) make neat, smart, or trim

SamplesSpruce up your house for Spring.
Titivate the child.

Synonymsslick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce, titivate, tittivate

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

Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

2. spruce up (body) dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion

SamplesHe spruced up for the party.

Synonymsslick up, smarten up, spruce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten

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