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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embellish mean? 

  The verb EMBELLISH has 4 senses:

1. add details to
2. be beautiful to look at
3. make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
4. make more beautiful

  Familiarity information: EMBELLISH used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1embellish [BACK TO TOP]


Add details to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


pad; embellish; aggrandize; aggrandise; embroider; lard; dramatise; dramatize; blow up

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

amplify; exaggerate; hyerbolise; hyperbolize; magnify; overdraw; overstate (to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth)

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

glorify (cause to seem more splendid)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something with something

Sentence example:

They won't embellish the story

Sense 2embellish [BACK TO TOP]


Be beautiful to look at

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


deck; adorn; beautify; decorate; embellish; grace

Context example:

Flowers adorned the tables everywhere

Hypernyms (to "embellish" 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 "embellish"):

ornament (be an ornament to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Holly flowers embellish the halls

Sense 3embellish [BACK TO TOP]


Make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing


ornament; grace; decorate; adorn; embellish; beautify

Context examples:

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

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

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

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

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)

enamel (coat, inlay, or surface with enamel)

landscape (embellish with plants)

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)

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 embellish the halls with holly

Sense 4embellish [BACK TO TOP]


Make more beautiful

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


beautify; fancify; prettify; embellish

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

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

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

groom; neaten (care for one's external appearance)

become; suit (enhance the appearance of)

polish; shine; smooth; smoothen (make (a surface) shine)

slick up; smarten up; spiff up; spruce; spruce up; titivate; tittivate (make neat, smart, or trim)

dress up; window-dress (make something appear superficially attractive)

curry; dress; groom (give a neat appearance to)

Sentence frames:

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

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