One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the door was decorated with a lion's head knocker’
ornament, adorn, trim, embellish, garnish, furnish, accessorize, enhance, grace, enrich
festoon, garland, trick out, bedeck, beautify, prettify
2‘a house painter called to decorate his home’
paint, wallpaper, paper, furbish, smarten up
renovate, refurbish, redecorate, retouch
informal do up, spruce up, do out, do over, fix up, tart up, give something a facelift, titivate
3‘he was decorated for courage on the battlefields’
give a medal to, pin a medal on, honour, confer an award on
cite, mention in dispatches, reward
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