Definition of prettify in English:



  • Make (someone or something) appear superficially pretty or attractive.

    ‘nothing has been done to prettify the site’
    • ‘And finally, all cultures, I suspect, idealize and prettify some forms of sin.’
    • ‘There are other many things in the city - the magnificent city castle, the newly prettified docklands area, the theatre and museum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It prettifies revolution, ennobles change, and gives disruption credibility.’
    • ‘I get to leave work a little bit early today so I can run home and prettify myself.’
    • ‘At the same time, he doesn't prettify the conditions for the people who live there.…’
    • ‘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 is no bid to prettify the objective of wanting to smash your opponents.’
    • ‘A potent feminine signifier, bustles exaggerate and prettify the rear without offering a conspicuous come-on.’
    • ‘This time around, the government has once again sought to prettify the figures.’
    • ‘He tries to rehabilitate himself in today's column: ‘Don't prettify our history.’’
    • ‘Even the politicians didn't prettify the situation.’
    • ‘On inspection, the colours were wrong, ditto the texture and the screws that prettified the straps.’
    • ‘However, the opposite of cynically or insensitively dismissing people's difficulties is not prettifying their behavior.’
    • ‘He may have been prettified - and shrunk - by Mel Gibson's portrayal, but William Wallace remains one of Scotland's biggest heroes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Baby sister, are you done prettifying yourself yet?’
    • ‘But money from regeneration schemes often end up prettifying some parts of a city, while more deprived areas are left to rot.’
    beautify, make attractive, make pretty, pretty up, titivate, dress up, adorn, ornament, embellish, trick out, decorate, glamorize, prink, preen, primp
    doll up, do up, give something a facelift
    tart up
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