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

     

    embellish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbelɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbelɪʃ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embellish
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbelɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbelɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it embellishes
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbelɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbelɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple embellished
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbelɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbelɪʃt//
     
    past participle embellished
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbelɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbelɪʃt//
     
    -ing form embellishing
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbelɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbelɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1embellish something to make something more beautiful by adding decorations to it synonym decorate The huge carved door was embellished with brass door knockers. embellished with gold lettering/golden embroidery/jewellery/precious metal/sweeping chintz curtains
  2. 2embellish something to make a story more interesting by adding details that are not always true synonym embroider His account of his travels was embellished with details of famous people he met.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French embelliss-, lengthened stem of embellir, based on bel ‘handsome’, from Latin bellus.
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