prettify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prettify make more beautiful
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prettify To make pretty; embellish; especially, to make pretty in a petty, finical way, as by the excessive or fanciful use of ornament.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prettify to make pretty in an excessively ornamental way
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. prættig, tricky—prætt, trickery; prob. Low L. practicus—Gr. praktikosprattein, to do.

Usage

In literature:

There is no need to prettify the record; the record, as it stands, in all its crude natural colors, is good enough.
"Proclaim Liberty!" by Gilbert Seldes
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In news:

Because properties needing renovations are up to 20 percent cheaper than their prettified counterparts, says Halstead's Barry Silverman.
The prettifying plantings, can't fully disguise the mound's purpose as a bunker.
Doggy holiday – Marco Island's Canine Christmas Parade presents plenty of prettified pooches.
These prettifying finds fit the bill.
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