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 embellish is defined as to make something fancier by decorating it, or to exaggerate or add details to a story to make it more exciting or interesting.
An example of embellish is when you add fringe to a skirt to make the skirt fancier.
An example of embellish is when you exaggerate about the size of the fish you caught to make your fishing story more interesting.

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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