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ADORN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adorn mean? 

ADORN (verb)
  The verb ADORN has 3 senses:

1. make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
2. be beautiful to look at
3. furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

  Familiarity information: ADORN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADORN (verb)


Sense 1adorn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

adorn; decorate; grace; ornament; beautify; embellish

Context examples:

Decorate the room for the party / beautify yourself for the special day

Hypernyms (to "adorn" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adorn"):

landscape (embellish with plants)

trim (decorate, as with ornaments)

dress; garnish; trim (decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods)

dress ship (decorate a ship with flags)

bedizen (decorate tastelessly)

scallop (decorate an edge with scallops)

filet; fillet (decorate with a lace of geometric designs)

bejewel; jewel (adorn or decorate with precious stones)

panel (decorate with panels)

redecorate (redo the decoration of an apartment or house)

bedeck; bedight; deck (decorate)

festoon (decorate with strings of flowers)

fret (decorate with an interlaced design)

fringe (adorn with a fringe)

color; colour; emblazon (decorate with colors)

blazon; emblazon (decorate with heraldic arms)

illuminate (add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts))

begild; engild; gild (decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold)

lacquer (coat with lacquer)

inlay (decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal)

enamel (coat, inlay, or surface with enamel)

stucco (decorate with stucco work)

tart up (decorate in a cheap and flashy way)

bespangle; spangle (decorate with spangles)

fledge; flight (decorate with feathers)

garland (adorn with bands of flowers or leaves)

illustrate (supply with illustrations)

stick (cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface)

broider; embroider (decorate with needlework)

braid (decorate with braids or ribbons)

beset; encrust; incrust (decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems))

wreathe (decorate or deck with wreathes)

foliate (decorate with leaves)

flag (decorate with flags)

bard; barde; caparison; dress up (put a caparison on)

tinsel (adorn with tinsel)

prank (dress or decorate showily or gaudily)

hang (decorate or furnish with something suspended)

smock (embellish by sewing in lines crossing each other diagonally)

vermiculate (decorate with wavy or winding lines)

gild the lily; paint the lily (adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful))

applique (sew on as a decoration)

pipe (trim with piping)

bead (decorate by sewing beads onto)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They adorn the halls with holly


Sense 2adorn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be beautiful to look at

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

deck; adorn; beautify; decorate; embellish; grace

Context example:

Flowers adorned the tables everywhere

Hypernyms (to "adorn" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adorn"):

ornament (be an ornament to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Holly flowers adorn the halls


Sense 3adorn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

clothe; adorn; invest

Hypernyms (to "adorn" is one way to...):

equip; fit; fit out; outfit (provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody with something


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