Definition of decorate in English:

decorate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (something) look more attractive by adding extra items or images to it.

    • ‘Children decorated the tree with lights, baubles, tinsels, snow and pretend gifts yesterday.’
    • ‘The girls decorated them beautifully and when dried they can be used as candle holders.’
    • ‘They were decorated beautifully and lit up with different coloured globes and different ribbons.’
    • ‘That's why we decided this year to really go to town and decorate the front of the house just to make it more memorable for her.’
    • ‘The Hilton lobby was decorated beautifully with a huge Christmas tree, Santas and a balloon snowman.’
    • ‘These chests were beautifully decorated, at first mainly made of wood, with iron hinges, locks and strappings.’
    • ‘Now what you need from these fairs at this time of year are the traditional ornaments to decorate your house for the New Year.’
    • ‘Steven's eyes scanned the room immediately for people they knew, while Donnie starred amazed at the lights and tinsel decorating the flat.’
    • ‘This will be a festive occasion and it is hoped that the people of the town will decorate their windows and put out flowers and other symbols of welcome.’
    • ‘The tables were elaborately decorated with beautiful flower arrangements.’
    • ‘Matched pairs of smaller tables and ornaments decorate each side, the objects on the left referring to the New Testament, and, to the right, the Old Testament.’
    • ‘Another attractive alternative is to decorate short lengths of board with old tiles.’
    • ‘Stars hung from the ceiling interwoven with fairy lights and glitter decorated every surface.’
    • ‘They decorate the tree with lights and ornaments and then they place gifts under it.’
    • ‘Well, the marble floors were white, and he had those silver ornaments, which decorated every inch of the apartment.’
    • ‘‘I wanted my husband to plant a big spruce so that at Christmas I could decorate it with lights,’ she says.’
    • ‘It was made out of exquisite gold, sculptures and ornaments decorating it.’
    • ‘She walked up the stairs and to the beautifully decorated tree in the parlor.’
    • ‘In the evenings, the place wears a festive look, with colourful lights decorating the trees, and the entire front wall of the building.’
    • ‘The exposed side was decorated with a very beautiful scene showing the Pharaoh in front of the god Amun.’
    ornament, adorn, trim, embellish, garnish, furnish, accessorize, enhance, grace, enrich
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    1. 1.1British Provide (a room or building) with a color scheme, paint, wallpaper, etc.
      ‘the five bedrooms are individually decorated’
      • ‘Adjoining the Music room gallery is a spectacularly decorated Music Room.’
      • ‘So far they have only managed to decorate one-and-a-half rooms of the 21-room house they bought overlooking Kelvingrove Park last year.’
      • ‘She said the nominations received to date were very worthy ones, including a man who helped out at a local school, working with the children as well as decorating the building.’
      • ‘The group are decorating a room in the building and cleaning up the surrounding outdoor area.’
      • ‘Nutgrove Park is decorated in warm colours and has a number of attractive features.’
      • ‘I suppose I'll have to get down to the boring things like having this place painted and decorated and any building work done.’
      • ‘Darbar is not decorated with flocked wallpaper, nor is the floor padded with a swirly-patterned burgundy carpet.’
      • ‘During the visit, volunteers from the ship went ashore in North Belfast and spent a day painting and decorating a newly-refurbished church hall.’
      • ‘The middle room is decorated with flowered wallpaper and has a high ceiling.’
      • ‘Kimmi dragged her stuff into a room that what was decorated with floral wallpaper.’
      • ‘We suspect it was one of the last rooms decorated by the previous owners as they readied the house for sale.’
      • ‘The hotel room was decorated with pale yellow wallpaper and white painted wooden decoration.’
      • ‘How can I paint or decorate her room to give it some color?’
      • ‘Geoffrey Taylor's father was an artist who designed and decorated the public rooms in ocean liners.’
      • ‘She has sensitive skin and felt a reaction to the white spirit she was using to clean paint brushes while decorating her home last October.’
      • ‘Both of these rooms have been decorated with floral wallpaper and have ornate ceiling coving.’
      • ‘When you think about decorating a room at home, do you reach for the paint pot and brush, or hanker after a stylish roll of wallpaper?’
      • ‘And just tell me when I will find the time to paint and decorate the house.’
      • ‘I helped decorate a few rooms in my ex-girlfriends' house.’
      • ‘Two teams of employees from Magnet were given just two days each to help fit a new kitchen and decorate the common room at the Robert Ogden School at Thurnscoe, near Barnsley.’
      paint, wallpaper, paper, furbish, smarten up
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  • 2Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces)

    ‘he was decorated for outstanding bravery’
    • ‘He was wounded and decorated for bravery in a vicious battle five days after the landings.’
    • ‘He was injured during both of the battles at El Alamein and he was never decorated for bravery in continuing to carry out his job.’
    • ‘Wirth served in World War One on the Western Front where he was decorated for bravery.’
    • ‘The students were told to defend Paris and Léger was decorated for his bravery defending the capital.’
    • ‘He was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and the bronze star medal from the USA.’
    • ‘He was decorated with many medals, and he had all his weapons with him as well.’
    • ‘It was claimed by later writers on Plato's life that he was decorated for bravery in battle during this period of his life.’
    • ‘The film ends as Leia dressed in an elaborate dress with a plunging neckline decorates Han Solo and Luke with medals.’
    • ‘After the war Popov was decorated and awarded British citizenship.’
    • ‘He is a fine athlete and a Vietnam combat veteran who was decorated for bravery.’
    give a medal to, pin a medal on, honour, confer an award on
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘to grace or honor’): from Latin decoratus ‘embellished’ (past participle of decorare), from decus, decor- ‘beauty, honor, or embellishment’.

Pronunciation

decorate

/ˈdɛkəˌreɪt//ˈdekəˌrāt/