Meaning of embellish

embellish




The word “bell” shows up in the middle of embellish, and bells are something that decorate, or embellish something, making it more attractive. If you embellish speech, though, it can get ugly if you add a lot of details that aren’t true.

Embellish often has the positive meaning of adding something to make it more handsome or beautifully decorated. But, while adding bells to something looks great at first, after a couple of hours of bells ringing in the ears, what was meant to embellish and beautify can get annoying. That’s what can happen when you embellish by adding too many false or exaggerated details to a story. Embellishing with true, colorful details and vivid descriptions is what can really enhance the beauty of a story.

Definitions of embellish
  1. verb

    make more attractive by adding ornament, color, etc.

    synonyms:

    adorn, beautify, decorate, grace, ornament

    ornament

    be an ornament to
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    wreathe

    decorate or deck with wreaths
    beset, encrust, incrust

    decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
    braid

    decorate with braids or ribbons
    broider, embroider

    decorate with needlework
    stick

    cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
    illustrate

    supply with illustrations
    garland

    adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
    fledge, flight

    decorate with feathers
    bespangle, spangle

    decorate with spangles
    foliate

    decorate with leaves
    flag

    decorate with flags
    bard, barde, caparison, dress up

    put a caparison on
    bead

    decorate by sewing beads onto
    pipe

    trim with piping
    applique

    sew on as a decoration
    gild the lily, paint the lily

    adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
    vermiculate

    decorate with wavy or winding lines
    smock

    embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally
    hang

    decorate or furnish with something suspended
    prank

    dress or decorate showily or gaudily
    tinsel

    adorn with tinsel
    tart up

    decorate in a cheap and flashy way
    stucco

    decorate with stucco work
    redecorate

    redo the decoration of an apartment or house
    panel

    decorate with panels
    bejewel, jewel

    adorn or decorate with precious stones
    filet, fillet

    decorate with a lace of geometric designs
    scallop

    decorate an edge with scallops
    bedizen

    decorate tastelessly
    dress ship

    decorate a ship with flags
    dress, garnish, trim

    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    trim

    decorate, as with ornaments
    bedeck, bedight, deck

    decorate
    festoon

    decorate with strings of flowers
    enamel

    coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
    inlay

    decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
    lacquer

    coat with lacquer
    begild, engild, gild

    decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
    illuminate

    add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
    blazon, emblazon

    decorate with heraldic arms
    color, colour, emblazon

    decorate with colors
    fringe

    adorn with a fringe
    fret

    decorate with an interlaced design
    landscape

    embellish with plants
    faggot, fagot

    ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch
    purl

    embroider with gold or silver thread
    purl

    edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
    plume

    deck with a plume
    hatch

    inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
    damascene

    inlay metal with gold and silver
    japan

    coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
    miniate, rubricate

    decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red
    miniate

    paint with red lead or vermilion
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    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  2. verb

    make more beautiful

    synonyms:

    beautify, fancify, prettify

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    Antonyms:

    uglify

    make ugly
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    groom, neaten

    care for one’s external appearance
    curry, dress, groom

    give a neat appearance to
    dress up, window-dress

    make something appear superficially attractive
    slick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce, spruce up, titivate, tittivate

    make neat, smart, or trim
    polish, shine, smooth, smoothen

    make (a surface) shine
    become, suit

    enhance the appearance of
    clean, cleanse

    clean one’s body or parts thereof, as by washing
    shave

    remove body hair with a razor
    comb, comb out, disentangle

    smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
    arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set

    arrange attractively
    gel, mousse

    apply a styling gel to
    pomade

    apply pomade to (hair)
    clean up

    make oneself clean, presentable or neat
    make up

    apply make-up or cosmetics to one’s face to appear prettier
    manicure

    care for (one’s hand) by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
    barber

    perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
    pedicure

    care for one’s feet by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
    do up, doll up, glam up, pretty up

    use special care in dressing, making-up, etc.
    slick up, smarten up, spruce, spruce up

    dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion
    perfume, scent

    apply perfume to
    Simonise, Simonize

    polish with wax
    sleek, slick

    make slick or smooth
    buff, burnish, furbish

    polish and make shiny
    gloss

    give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
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    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

    to make better

  3. verb

    add details to

    synonyms:

    aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embroider, lard, pad

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    types:

    glorify

    cause to seem more splendid
    type of:

    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

  4. verb

    be beautiful to look at

    synonyms:

    adorn, beautify, deck, decorate, grace

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    types:

    ornament

    be an ornament to
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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