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Definition of decorate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    decorate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdekəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decorate
    BrE BrE//ˈdekəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it decorates
    BrE BrE//ˈdekəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekəreɪts//
     
    past simple decorated
    BrE BrE//ˈdekəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle decorated
    BrE BrE//ˈdekəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form decorating
    BrE BrE//ˈdekəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    Artwork and techniques, Interior décor, Art equipment
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] decorate something (with something) to make something look more attractive by putting things on it They decorated the room with flowers and balloons. The cake was decorated to look like a car. See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] (especially British English) to put paint, wallpaper, etc. on the walls and ceilings of a room or house I hate decorating. He has his own painting and decorating business. decorate something We need to decorate the sitting room. The sitting room needs decorating. CollocationsDecorating and home improvementHouses refurbish/​renovate/ (British English) do up a building/​a house convert a building/​house/​room into homes/​offices/(especially North American English) apartments/(British English) flats extend/​enlarge a house/​building/​room/​kitchen build (British English) an extension (to the back/​rear of a house)/(North American English) an addition (on/​to something)/(British English) a conservatory knock down/​demolish a house/​home/​building/​wall knock out/​through the wall separating two roomsDecoration furnish/​paint/ (especially British English) decorate a home/​house/​apartment/​flat/​room be decorated in bright colours/(especially US English) colors/​in a traditional style/​with flowers/​with paintings paint/​plaster the walls/​ceiling hang/​put up/​strip off/​remove the wallpaper install/​replace/​remove the bathroom fixtures/(British English) fittings build/​put up shelves lay wooden flooring/​timber decking/​floor tiles/​a carpet/​a patio put up/​hang/​take down a picture/​painting/​poster/​curtainDIY/​home improvement do (British English) DIY/​carpentry/​the plumbing/​the wiring make home improvements add/​install central heating/​underfloor heating/​insulation fit/​install double-glazing/​a smoke alarm insulate your house/​your home/​the walls/​the pipes/​the tanks/(especially British English) the loft fix/​repair a roof/​a leak/​a pipe/​the plumbing/​a leaking (especially British English) tap/(usually North American English) faucet block/​clog (up)/unblock/​unclog a pipe/​sink make/​drill/​fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/​remove a nail tighten/​untighten/​loosen/​remove a screw saw/​cut/​treat/​stain/​varnish/​paint wood See related entries: Interior décor
  3. 3  [transitive] decorate something to be placed on something in order to make it look more attractive synonym adorn Photographs of actors decorated the walls of the restaurant.
  4. 4[transitive, usually passive] decorate somebody (for something) to give somebody a medal as a sign of respect for something they have done She was decorated for her efforts during the war.
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘to grace or honour’): from Latin decoratus ‘embellished’ (past participle of decorare), from decus, decor- ‘beauty, honour, or embellishment’.Extra examples He was decorated for bravery. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated. The room is decorated in pale blues and greens. The room was lavishly decorated with tinsel and holly. the most highly decorated unit in the British Army
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