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English verb: embellish

1. embellish (communication) add details to

ExamplesThey won't embellish the story

Synonymsaggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embroider, lard, pad

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

Narrower (hyponym)glorify

2. embellish (stative) be beautiful to look at

SamplesFlowers adorned the tables everywhere.

ExamplesHolly flowers embellish the halls

Synonymsadorn, beautify, deck, decorate, grace

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)ornament

3. embellish (creation) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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

ExamplesThey embellish the halls with holly

Synonymsadorn, beautify, decorate, 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

4. embellish (change) make more beautiful

Synonymsbeautify, fancify, prettify

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

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)become, curry, dress, dress up, groom, groom, neaten, polish, shine, slick up, smarten up, smooth, smoothen, spiff up, spruce, spruce up, suit, titivate, tittivate, window-dress


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