What does embellish mean?

Definitions for embellish
ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃem·bel·lish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embroider, pad, lard, embellish, aggrandize, aggrandise, blow up, dramatize, dramatiseverb

    add details to

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

    be beautiful to look at

    "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"

  3. 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"

  4. fancify, beautify, embellish, prettifyverb

    make more beautiful


  1. embellishverb

    To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.

    The old book cover was embellished with golden letters

  2. embellishverb

    To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort.

    to embellish a story, the truth

  3. Etymology: From embellir.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EMBELLISHverb

    To adorn; to beautify; to grace with ornaments; to decorate.

    Etymology: embellir, French.

    How much more beauteous had the fountain been,
    Embellish’d with her first created green;
    Where crystal streams through living turf had run,
    Contented with an urn of native stone. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    The names of the figures that embellished the discourses of those who understood the art of speaking, are not the art and skill of speaking well. John Locke.

    That which was once the most beautiful spot of Italy, covered with palaces, embellished by emperors, and celebrated by poets, has now nothing to shew but ruins. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. embellish

    In sewing and crafts, an embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece.


  1. embellish

    To decorate or add detail to something in order to make it more attractive or interesting; often referring to adding fictitious or exaggerated details to a story or event to make it seem more impressive or exciting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embellishverb

    to make beautiful or elegant by ornaments; to decorate; to adorn; as, to embellish a book with pictures, a garden with shrubs and flowers, a narrative with striking anecdotes, or style with metaphors

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embellish

    em-bel′ish, v.t. to make beautiful with ornaments: to decorate: to make graceful: to illustrate pictorially, as a book.—n. Embell′isher.—adv. Embell′ishingly.—n. Embell′ishment, act of embellishing or adorning: decoration: ornament. [Fr. embellir, embellissantem, in, bel, beau, beautiful.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embellish in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embellish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of embellish in a Sentence

  1. Ravindra Pasale:

    Embrace probability. Only mathematicians and fools have a tendency to embellish certainty.

  2. Grover Norquist:

    Democrats always want to break the glass ceiling first and the media loves to embellish that narrative, republicans had the first female Supreme Court justice, but somehow that didn't count.

  3. Devin Nunes:

    When Fox News ' comes to Republicans asking questions, I think what we need to do is stick to the facts of the case and not allow Mueller time to either pontificate and embellish all the time or embellish things that he may want to embellish, this investigation was not about collusion. It wasn't about obstruction of justice. It was about setting obstruction of justice traps so for the better part of two years they were hoping the President would fall into it.

  4. Guy Ritchie:

    I like the original movie so I'm aware I don't want to contaminate the nostalgia of the first one, what you want to do is embellish.

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