Definition of prettify in US English:

prettify

verb

[with object]
  • Make (someone or something) appear superficially pretty or attractive.

    ‘nothing has been done to prettify the site’
    • ‘At the same time, he doesn't prettify the conditions for the people who live there.…’
    • ‘It prettifies revolution, ennobles change, and gives disruption credibility.’
    • ‘A potent feminine signifier, bustles exaggerate and prettify the rear without offering a conspicuous come-on.’
    • ‘One wants to ask: whence comes this desire to prettify thugs and murderers?’
    • ‘On inspection, the colours were wrong, ditto the texture and the screws that prettified the straps.’
    • ‘There are other many things in the city - the magnificent city castle, the newly prettified docklands area, the theatre and museum.’
    • ‘This time around, the government has once again sought to prettify the figures.’
    • ‘Baby sister, are you done prettifying yourself yet?’
    • ‘In the minds of many it may be prettified and romanticised, but the need for it is strong notwithstanding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the politicians didn't prettify the situation.’
    • ‘He may have been prettified - and shrunk - by Mel Gibson's portrayal, but William Wallace remains one of Scotland's biggest heroes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And finally, all cultures, I suspect, idealize and prettify some forms of sin.’
    • ‘Some York street names have been prettified over the years.’
    • ‘There is no bid to prettify the objective of wanting to smash your opponents.’
    • ‘But money from regeneration schemes often end up prettifying some parts of a city, while more deprived areas are left to rot.’
    • ‘He tries to rehabilitate himself in today's column: ‘Don't prettify our history.’’
    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

/ˈpridəˌfī//ˈprɪdəˌfaɪ/