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

     

    embroider

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embroider
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdər//
     
    he / she / it embroiders
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdərz//
     
    past simple embroidered
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdərd//
     
    past participle embroidered
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdərd//
     
    -ing form embroidering
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbrɔɪdərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to decorate cloth with a pattern of stitches usually using coloured thread embroider A on B She embroidered flowers on the cushion covers. embroider B with A She embroidered the cushion cover with flowers. The sleeves were embroidered in gold. embroider (something) an embroidered blouse a robe of richly embroidered silk She sat in the window, embroidering.
  2. 2[transitive] embroider something to make a story more interesting by adding details that are not always true synonym embellish He is inclined to embroider the facts.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French enbrouder, from en- ‘in, on’ + Old French brouder, broisder ‘decorate with embroidery’, of Germanic origin.
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