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Make (someone or something) appear superficially pretty or attractive:‘nothing has been done to prettify the site’
beautify, make attractive, make pretty, pretty up, titivate, dress up, adorn, ornament, embellish, trick out, decorate, glamorize, prink, preen, primpdoll up, do up, give something a facelifttart upView synonyms
- ‘And finally, all cultures, I suspect, idealize and prettify some forms of sin.’
- ‘He tries to rehabilitate himself in today's column: ‘Don't prettify our history.’’
- ‘There's a tendency sometimes to paper over the emotional cracks, to smooth the corners and prettify them, to paint over the distressed finish… and that's a big mistake.’
- ‘On inspection, the colours were wrong, ditto the texture and the screws that prettified the straps.’
- ‘This time around, the government has once again sought to prettify the figures.’
- ‘It prettifies revolution, ennobles change, and gives disruption credibility.’
- ‘There is no bid to prettify the objective of wanting to smash your opponents.’
- ‘Baby sister, are you done prettifying yourself yet?’
- ‘At the same time, he doesn't prettify the conditions for the people who live there.…’
- ‘Even the politicians didn't prettify the situation.’
- ‘One wants to ask: whence comes this desire to prettify thugs and murderers?’
- ‘Individuals may come and go but, year after year, in an all but unvarying pattern, reporters end up demonising official enemies and prettifying their own government's crimes.’
- ‘I get to leave work a little bit early today so I can run home and prettify myself.’
- ‘He may have been prettified - and shrunk - by Mel Gibson's portrayal, but William Wallace remains one of Scotland's biggest heroes.’
- ‘A potent feminine signifier, bustles exaggerate and prettify the rear without offering a conspicuous come-on.’
- ‘In the minds of many it may be prettified and romanticised, but the need for it is strong notwithstanding.’
- ‘Some York street names have been prettified over the years.’
- ‘There are other many things in the city - the magnificent city castle, the newly prettified docklands area, the theatre and museum.’
- ‘However, the opposite of cynically or insensitively dismissing people's difficulties is not prettifying their behavior.’
- ‘But money from regeneration schemes often end up prettifying some parts of a city, while more deprived areas are left to rot.’
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