embellish
[ em-bel-ish ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English from Old French embelliss-, lengthened stem of embellir, based on bel "handsome," from Latin bellus
Synonyms
    1.
  • adorn
  • gild
  • beautify
  • garnish
  • ornament
    2.
  • exaggerate
  • overstate
  • elaborate
Antonyms
    1.
  • deface
  • uglify
  • disfigure
    2.
  • simplify
  • lessen
Definition
1. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn
2. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions
Examples
1. A) You're going to have to embellish the cake more if you want to impress the judges. B) She began to embellish her already jolly walls with more ornaments.
2. A) He began to embellish the details of his fishing trip, so by the fifth retelling the story concluded with a shark fight. B) If she wasn't so prone to embellish her stories, I'd believe her.
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