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SPRUCE UP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spruce up mean? 

SPRUCE UP (verb)
  The verb SPRUCE UP has 2 senses:

1. make neat, smart, or trim
2. dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion

  Familiarity information: SPRUCE UP used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPRUCE UP (verb)


Sense 1spruce up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make neat, smart, or trim

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

titivate; spruce up; spruce; spiff up; smarten up; slick up; tittivate

Context examples:

Spruce up your house for Spring / titivate the child

Hypernyms (to "spruce up" is one way to...):

beautify; embellish; fancify; prettify (make more beautiful)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2spruce up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

slick up; smarten up; spruce; spruce up

Context example:

He spruced up for the party

Hypernyms (to "spruce up" is one way to...):

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

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody


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