Borrowing from Old French embellir.
embellish (third-person singular simple present embellishes, present participle embellishing, simple past and past participle embellished)
- To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
- The old book cover was embellished with golden letters
2012 December 29, Paul Doyle, “Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle”, in The Guardian, London:
- Podolski gave Walcott a chance to further embellish Arsenal's first-half performance when he eluded James Perch and slipped the ball through to the striker.
- To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort.
- to embellish a story, the truth
To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate
- Ido: beleskar (io)
- Irish: maisigh
- Italian: abbellire (it), agghindare, impreziosire, adornare (it), infronzolare
- Japanese: 飾る (かざる, kazaru)
- Maori: maihi, whakarārakai, whakarākai, whakarākei
- Persian: آراستن (fa) (ârâstan)
- Portuguese: embelezar (pt)
- Quechua: achalay (qu)
- Russian: украша́ть (ru) (ukrašátʹ)
- Scottish Gaelic: sgeadaich
- Spanish: embellecer (es)
- Swedish: försköna (sv), förfina (sv), utsmycka (sv)
- Turkish: süslemek (tr), güzelleştirmek (tr)
To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort