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English definition of “decorate”


verb [T]  /ˈdek·əˌreɪt/ us  

decorate verb [T] (MAKE ATTRACTIVE)

to add something to an object or place, esp. to make it more attractive: They decorated the table with flowers and candles.

decorate verb [T] (HONOR)

to reward or honor a person by giving him or her a medal, badge, etc.: All four firefighters were decorated for bravery.
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