Embellish Definition

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To make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate.
American Heritage
To decorate or improve by adding detail; ornament; adorn.
Webster's New World
To add grace notes, syncopated accents, trills, etc. to (a melody)
Webster's New World
To improve (an account or report) by adding details, often of a fictitious or imaginary kind; touch up.
Webster's New World

To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort.

To embellish a story, the truth.

Origin of Embellish

  • Middle English embelishen from Old French embellir embelliss- en- causative pref. en–1 bel beautiful (from Latin bellus deu-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French embellir.

    From Wiktionary

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