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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


Antonymsuglify









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