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From Middle English beutifien, from Old French beaute (beauty), from Latin bellus (beautiful, fine), + -ify, from Latin facio (make).


  • IPA(key): /ˈbjuː.tɪ.faɪ/
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beautify (third-person singular simple present beautifies, present participle beautifying, simple past and past participle beautified)

  1. (transitive) To make beautiful; to increase the beauty of.
    Synonyms: adorn, decorate, ornament, prettify
    Antonyms: blight, deface, disfigure, mar, uglify
    1. (computing) Synonym of pretty-print
  2. (intransitive, rare) To become beautiful.
    • 1719, Joseph Addison, Maxims, Observations, and Reflections, London: E. Curll, “Upon the Immortality of the Soul,” p. 88,[4]
      [] it must be a Prospect pleasing to God himself, to see his Creation for ever beautifying in his Eyes, and drawing nearer to him, by greater Degrees of Resemblance.
  3. (intransitive, rare) To make oneself beautiful.
    • 2002, Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones, London: Picador, Chapter 13, p. 156,[5]
      She’d felt silly when she first put cucumbers on her eyes (to diminish puffiness), or oatmeal on her face (to cleanse the pores and absorb excess oils), or egg yolks in her hair (to make it shine). Her use of groceries had even made my mother laugh, then wonder if she should start to beautify.

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