Definition of prettify in English:

prettify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (someone or something) appear superficially pretty or attractive.

    ‘nothing has been done to prettify the site’
    • ‘However, the opposite of cynically or insensitively dismissing people's difficulties is not prettifying their behavior.’
    • ‘I get to leave work a little bit early today so I can run home and prettify myself.’
    • ‘It prettifies revolution, ennobles change, and gives disruption credibility.’
    • ‘One wants to ask: whence comes this desire to prettify thugs and murderers?’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘This time around, the government has once again sought to prettify the figures.’
    • ‘At the same time, he doesn't prettify the conditions for the people who live there.…’
    • ‘There is no bid to prettify the objective of wanting to smash your opponents.’
    • ‘He may have been prettified - and shrunk - by Mel Gibson's portrayal, but William Wallace remains one of Scotland's biggest heroes.’
    • ‘There are other many things in the city - the magnificent city castle, the newly prettified docklands area, the theatre and museum.’
    • ‘A potent feminine signifier, bustles exaggerate and prettify the rear without offering a conspicuous come-on.’
    • ‘Some York street names have been prettified over the years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Baby sister, are you done prettifying yourself yet?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But money from regeneration schemes often end up prettifying some parts of a city, while more deprived areas are left to rot.’
    • ‘Even the politicians didn't prettify the situation.’
    • ‘On inspection, the colours were wrong, ditto the texture and the screws that prettified the straps.’
    • ‘In the minds of many it may be prettified and romanticised, but the need for it is strong notwithstanding.’
    beautify, make attractive, make pretty, pretty up, titivate, dress up, adorn, ornament, embellish, trick out, decorate, smarten, smarten up, glamorize, prink, preen, primp
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Pronunciation

prettify

/ˈprɪtɪfʌɪ/