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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v decorate provide with decoration "dress the windows"
    • v decorate make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc. "Decorate the room for the party","beautify yourself for the special day"
    • v decorate award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to "He was decorated for his services in the military"
    • v decorate be beautiful to look at "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the United States are for the sole purpose of decoration
    • v. t Decorate To deck with that which is becoming, ornamental, or honorary; to adorn; to beautify; to embellish; as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice; to decorate a lawn with flowers; to decorate the mind with moral beauties; to decorate a hero with honors. "Her fat neck was ornamented with jewels, rich bracelets decorated her arms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Faberge, "Winter Egg" was sold in 1994 for $5.6 million. This is the most expensive decorative egg that has ever been sold
    • decorate To distinguish; grace; honor.
    • decorate To deck with something becoming or ornamental; adorn; beautify; embellish: as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice.
    • decorate To confer distinction upon by means of a badge or medal of honor: as, to decorate an artist with the cross of the Legion of Honor. Synonyms Adorn, Ornament, Decorate, etc. (see adorn), bedizen, gild, trick out, emblazon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 99% of pumpkins that are sold are sold for decoration
    • v.t Decorate dek′o-rāt to ornament, to beautify: to honour with a badge or medal
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.”
  • Samuel Levenson
    Samuel Levenson
    “It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.”
  • Charles Sumner
    Charles Sumner
    “The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.”
  • Enid Bagnold
    “Judges don't age. Time decorates them.”


Decorate the mahogany - (USA) When someone buys a round a pub or bar, they decorate the mahogany; putting cash on the bar.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decoratus, p. p. of decorare, fr. decus, ornament; akin to decere, to be becoming. See Decent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decorāre, -ātumdecus, what is becoming—decēre, to be becoming.


In literature:

"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Such decorative embellishments as are represented by the tomb of Louis XII.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Richard shot a merry glance in his uncle's eyes, then only smiled decorously with him and Peter Junior.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
It may be this that makes a Canadian crowd so decorous, even at the moment when it seems defying the policemen.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
The long, decorative lines of lance and war-horse and dragon throw back the whole landscape.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
There are hexagonal fonts of Decorated date at Rolvenden, Kent, and Heckington, Lincs.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
The inlaid fragments of the shell from Bahia de Los Angeles duplicate this type of decoration.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
Embroidery is now essentially "decoration," and nothing more.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Artistic lines and decorative beauty always followed the purpose of use.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Large shallow tripod vase with geometric decoration 129 194.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes

In poetry:

With wooing words and loving song,
We'll chase the lagging hours along,
And if I/we find the maiden coy,
I'll/We'll murmur forth decorous joy
In dreamy roundelays!
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
With wooing words and loving song,
We'll chase the lagging hours along,
And if he finds/I find the maiden coy,
We'll murmur forth decorous joy,
In dreamy roundelay.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I can do this, then pass with but a tear,
That tear soon taught to decorate a smile,
Mayhap adorn a verse to please an ear
That love's sweet music yet will help beguile.
"The Death of Love " by James Herbert Morse
Theirs was the science of a martial race,
To shape the lance, or decorate the shield
Even the fair virgin stain'd her native grace
To give new horrors to the tented field.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
She who did not come, wasn't she determined
nonetheless to organize and decorate my heart?
If we had to exist to become the one we love,
what would the heart have to create?
"Blank Joy" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Let all thy family, like stars, appear —
Like stars, that decorate the brow of night,
And yield to all the country, far and near,
Instruction, honour, and celestial light.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Instead, it's the super-cool vibe you find in the patrons and the decor.
Using color in decorating can be tricky.
There are plenty of magazines filled with home decor ideas you can use.
Middle-aged Connor Fitzgerald is a happily married man, decorated veteran and devoted father.
When it comes to home decor, again, taste comes into account.
Lane Venture Punch Decorative Pillow.
The former voice of the Eagles and a decorated women's tennis player comprise the 2012 class of the Rosewood High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
To Bluewell to decorate his comrade 's grave.
Using glue, paint and any variety of household materials, almost anyone can create their own handmade decorations perfect for conjuring up the Halloween spirit year after year.
They can be packed away like any holiday decoration.
The upmarket fashion retailer is moving even more into the contemporary realm in furniture and home decor to keep pace with its clientele.
10 Top Dining Room Decorating Ideas.
A Dozen Ideas for Autumn Home Decorating.
Learn how to dress-up your pie edges with decorative crust cutouts .
How to Make Decorative Cutout Pie Crust Edges.

In science:

As was stated in section 1.2, the combinatorial Laplacian L of a graph remains invariant under decoration with loops, so L = bL ≡ δI − bA, where the loops are those of the regularisation of definition 1.1.
An interlacing technique for spectra of random walks and its application to finite percolation clusters
In the context of matrix model solutions to 2D Quantum Gravity , the generating functions for possibly decorated graphs of arbitrary genus may indeed be interpreted as tau-functions of various integrable hierarchies .
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
More recently, an alternative purely combinatorial and bijective approach to the enumeration of planar graphs was developed, based on the transformation of graphs into decorated trees [5-7].
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Indeed, in the planar graph enumeration framework, it was already recognized that many other classes of (decorated) graphs have generating functions which satisfy integrable systems of algebraic master equations.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Since MSz is invariant under the permutation (1, 3)(2, 4) of coordinates, there are only 5 cases that need to be considered on this list: the ones on the second row above, in the last 3 columns decorated with some +1’s as seen on the remainder of the last three columns.
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach