embroider

To embroider means to decorate with needlework. Picture your great grandmother's pillowcases or Hester Prynne's famous scarlet letter "A" — both of those objects are probably embroidered.

To embroider refers to a type of ornamentation or needlework, but another usage of the word embroider means to embellish the truth. For example, if a fisherman sitting on the dock tells you about the 38 inch striped bass he almost caught this morning, he may have found a way to embroider the truth.

DEFINITIONS OF: embroider

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v decorate with needlework

Synonyms:
broider
Types:
faggot, fagot
ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch
purl
embroider with gold or silver thread
purl
edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

v add details to

Synonyms:
aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, lard, pad
Types:
glorify
cause to seem more splendid
Type of:
amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
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