adorn

To adorn is to dress something up by decorating it. You might adorn your poncho with fringe or your poodle's dog collar with rhinestones.

Adorn shares some Latin roots with words like ornament and ornate. So it makes sense that some people adorn their Christmas trees with tinsel and lights. Others adorn their eyelids with glitter. In any case, if you want to adorn yourself with all kinds of fabulous baubles, it might be wise to follow Coco Chanel's advice: take at least one accessory off before you walk out the door.

Definitions of adorn
  1. verb
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
    synonyms: beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    ornament
    be an ornament to
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    wreathe
    decorate or deck with wreaths
    beset, encrust, incrust
    decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
    braid
    decorate with braids or ribbons
    broider, embroider
    decorate with needlework
    stick
    cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
    illustrate
    supply with illustrations
    garland
    adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
    fledge, flight
    decorate with feathers
    bespangle, spangle
    decorate with spangles
    foliate
    decorate with leaves
    flag
    decorate with flags
    bard, barde, caparison, dress up
    put a caparison on
    bead
    decorate by sewing beads onto
    pipe
    trim with piping
    applique
    sew on as a decoration
    gild the lily, paint the lily
    adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
    vermiculate
    decorate with wavy or winding lines
    smock
    embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally
    hang
    decorate or furnish with something suspended
    prank
    dress or decorate showily or gaudily
    tinsel
    adorn with tinsel
    tart up
    decorate in a cheap and flashy way
    stucco
    decorate with stucco work
    redecorate
    redo the decoration of an apartment or house
    panel
    decorate with panels
    bejewel, jewel
    adorn or decorate with precious stones
    filet, fillet
    decorate with a lace of geometric designs
    scallop
    decorate an edge with scallops
    bedizen
    decorate tastelessly
    dress ship
    decorate a ship with flags
    dress, garnish, trim
    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    trim
    decorate, as with ornaments
    bedeck, bedight, deck
    decorate
    festoon
    decorate with strings of flowers
    enamel
    coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
    inlay
    decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
    lacquer
    coat with lacquer
    begild, engild, gild
    decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
    illuminate
    add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
    blazon, emblazon
    decorate with heraldic arms
    color, colour, emblazon
    decorate with colors
    fringe
    adorn with a fringe
    fret
    decorate with an interlaced design
    landscape
    embellish with plants
    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
    plume
    deck with a plume
    hatch
    inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
    damascene
    inlay metal with gold and silver
    japan
    coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
    miniate, rubricate
    decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red
    miniate
    paint with red lead or vermilion
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    be beautiful to look at
    “Flowers adorned the tables everywhere”
    synonyms: beautify, deck, decorate, embellish, grace
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    ornament
    be an ornament to
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
    synonyms: clothe, invest
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    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
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