beautify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beautify make more beautiful
    • v beautify make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc. "Decorate the room for the party","beautify yourself for the special day"
    • v beautify be beautiful to look at "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Beautify To become beautiful; to advance in beauty.
    • v. t Beautify bū"tĭ*fī To make or render beautiful; to add beauty to; to adorn; to deck; to grace; to embellish. "The arts that beautify and polish life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beautify To make or render beautiful; adorn; deck; grace; decorate; embellish.
    • beautify Synonyms Adorn, Ornament, etc. See adorn and decorate.
    • beautify To become beautiful; advance in beauty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Beautify to make beautiful: to grace: to adorn
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Love is a great beautifier.”
  • James Ramsey
    James Ramsey
    “Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged.”
  • Molinos
    Molinos
    “Thou are never at any time nearer to God than when under tribulation; which he permits for the purifications and beautifying of thy soul.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Oh Time! the beautifier of the dead, adorer of the ruin, comforter and only healer when the heart hath bled... Time, the avenger!”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is no beautifier of complexion or form of behavior like the wish to scatter joy, and not pain, around us.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Beauty, + -fy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. biaute (Fr. beauté)—Low L. bellitat-em—L. bellus.

Usage

In literature:

I move that we re-beautify our charming selves and go down to the veranda.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
It is love that animates, beautifies, benefits, refines, creates.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
Nearer to it than any other tomb was that of a woman, beautified with the Prophet's slippers.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
It was as if her wish to beautify herself received his recognition as an accepted vagary of human nature.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The interior was beautified by a succession of artists, one of whom was our painter Correggio.
"Correggio" by Estelle M. Hurll
How much that city was beautified by this princess, and by those of her family, may be known by the stately ruins which are still extant.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
To beautify humanity is the great problem of humanity.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
His sentences are cut, polished, and beautified like a piece of Parian marble.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
What better investment could you make to beautify our highways than the planting of good trees?
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
As the arrangements of the house progressed, his love of beautifying became more and more developed.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The losses to art caused by the destructive Calvinists she replaced by erecting noble buildings and beautifying Paris.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
As the meaning of nature was deepened for me, so was its aspect beautified.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Are pupils encouraged to beautify the room with significant objects of historical interest?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
He "beautified" five of the windows in the presbytery.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
Gold beautifies, 422, 427.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
She had never been beautiful, yet always beautified by the radiance of true holiness.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
Her own cosmetics were soap and water; and she was divided between disgust and admiration at the number of Mrs Jane's beautifiers.
"The Gold that Glitters" by Emily Sarah Holt
This sorrow still more refined and beautified her character.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
It is worth ten times all the cosmetics as a beautifier.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
No less did she revel in the hours spent in beautifying the gymnasium in honor of the baby class.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
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In poetry:

“He’ll grow as gentle as a fawn—
As quiet as the blossoms
That beautify a land of lawn—
He’ll eat no more opossums.
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
She left to me the azure sky,
With all its countless orbs of light,
Which wonder-strike the thoughtful eye,
And beautify the dome of night.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
"If I 'd been rather later, I'll
Be bound," I added, trying
(Most unsuccessfully) to smile,
"You'd have been busy all this while,
Trimming and beautifying?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
I only know God's law is just,
And that is all we need to know,
I live down creeds of hate and spite,
I build the nobler creeds of right
That beautify our beings so.
"The Eternal Life" by Folger McKinsey
But reared by care, within the garden neat,
Luxuriant chances beautify the whole;
While poison lurks beneath each painted sweet,
And shoots a sorrow thro' the admiring soul.
"A Dream Of Glory" by Albery Allson Whitman
Ah, why is woman thus by man ador'd,
The comeliest object in creation's hoard?
Ah why, where Nature's plastic hand neglects,
Has he an eye to beautify defects?
To hold her perfect in his partial sight,
His fancy's idol, and his heart's delight?
"On Woman" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

Runner's Image, a downtown mainstay since 1983, is partnering with J Carlson Growers Inc and the City of Rockford to plant trees and 200 perennials to beautify the City Parking Lot M at South Madison and Walnut streets.
Inmates help beautify state parks and roadsides.
Help beautify Maui's beaches in 'Get the Drift and Bag It.
Public arts can do more than beautify a city.
Lubbockites Can Conserve & Beautify This Spring With Texas SmartScape.
Beautify your home and local environment.
Vornado to Beautify 330 Madison for $100 M. Billionaire and golfing ace Steven Roth believes in New York City's real estate market, no matter how battered and bloodied and black and blue it may appear at the tail end of a brutish winter.
Beautify basement window wells.
Friends of Henry Horton work to beautify park.
Beautify Your Skin with Rice.
Beautify your landscape while supporting wildlife with native plants.
They were here when we bought the house a decade ago, and they always produced a lot of blooms , enough to beautify the yard while giving me plenty to cut for indoors.
Crazy creative "Talking Heads" front man David Byrne created nine bike racks for the city - and we spotted this guitar-shaped piece in action on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, at N. 6th St Thanks for beautifying the block Byrne.
Over 100 volunteers joined the National Forest Association on Saturday, September 29, to restore and beautify popular recreation land near Cactus Flats.
The Nature Conservancy, as part of a new mission of working in urban areas, has teamed up with the Camden SMART initiative to green and beautify the city.
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