What does decorate mean?

Definitions for decorate
ˈdɛk əˌreɪtdec·o·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautifyverb

    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

    "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  2. deck, adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, beautifyverb

    be beautiful to look at

    "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"

  3. decorateverb

    award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to

    "He was decorated for his services in the military"

  4. dress, decorateverb

    provide with decoration

    "dress the windows"


  1. decorateverb

    To furnish with decorations.

  2. decorateverb

    To improve the appearance of an interior of a house, room, office and so forth.

  3. decorateverb

    (In some programming languages) To extend a method, etc. by attaching some further code item.

    It makes sure that the field name argument is not empty, and that the field specified there is an actual existing field in the class which declares the method decorated with this attribute.

  4. Etymology: From decoratus, past participle of decorare, from decus, akin to decor, from decet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DECORATEverb

    To adorn; to embellish; to beautify.

    Etymology: decoro, Latin.


  1. decorate

    To decorate is to add aesthetic appeal or embellishment to an object, place, or person, often given its purpose, function, or use. This might involve adding designs, patterns, or other extras to make something look more attractive or festive. Decorations can be temporary or permanent, vary greatly in complexity, and are often used for celebrations, holidays, enhancing spaces, or personalizing items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decorateverb

    to deck with that which is becoming, ornamental, or honorary; to adorn; to beautify; to embellish; as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice; to decorate a lawn with flowers; to decorate the mind with moral beauties; to decorate a hero with honors

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decorate

    dek′o-rāt, v.t. to ornament, to beautify: to honour with a badge or medal.—adj. Dec′orated.—n. Decorā′tion, ornament: badge of an order.—adj. Dec′orātive, ornamental.—ns. Dec′orātiveness; Dec′orātor.—Decorated style (archit.), a style of Gothic architecture, elaborated and richly decorated, which prevailed till near the end of the 14th century.—Decoration Day, May 30th, when the memory of the soldiers who fell in the American Civil War of 1861-65 is honoured by the decoration of their graves, speeches, processions, &c. [L. decorāre, -ātumdecus, what is becoming—decēre, to be becoming.]

Editors Contribution

  1. decorate

    To use a variety of products to improve a room or property.

    WE did decorate the house as we needed to.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decorate' in Verbs Frequency: #809

Anagrams for decorate »

  1. recoated

  2. ocreated

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of decorate in a Sentence

  1. Lyn Wadley:

    It may have been used as decorative paint. It could have been used to decorate animals hides. We have not found the evidence for the way that they used it, we just know that they used it.

  2. Petros Kampitsis:

    We have a big problem, a very big problem. ... People don't have money and they're trying to organize funerals at the lowest possible cost, once a funeral has taken place, what remains is to decorate the tomb. But what happens if you have no money? That doesn't happen.

  3. Principal Dionne Kirksey:

    You really can't tell that it's a hidden gem, we not only support our kids in the building and their educational level, but we support them outside the building in their endeavors. And we still attend their graduations. We send them off to college and actually decorate their dorm rooms. We go to their baby's birthday parties. It's just a plethora of things that we do just to engage, to have that sense of family.

  4. Taylor Gecking:

    One day I hope to add a Ronald McDonald sitting on a bench, but so far it’s been out of the budget. A girl can dream, our whole home is full of things that are a little unusual to decorate with, but my husband and I both believe in surrounding ourselves with things that make us happy.

  5. Dolly Parton:

    I got them to cover scars or things, if I have to get a scar for any reason, I never can kind of get rid of that purple look. So I thought,' Well, I'm going to kind of decorate these with some flowers or little butterflies or whatever.'.

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