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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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