Embellish meaning

ĕm-bĕlĭsh
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.

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To add ornamental or fictitious details to.

A fanciful account that embellishes the true story.

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To decorate or improve by adding detail; ornament; adorn.
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To make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate.
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To add grace notes, syncopated accents, trills, etc. to (a melody)
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To improve (an account or report) by adding details, often of a fictitious or imaginary kind; touch up.
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To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.

The old book cover was embellished with golden letters.

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

To embellish a story, the truth.

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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