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decorate

verb uk   /ˈdek.ə.reɪt/ us  

decorate verb (MAKE ATTRACTIVE)

B1 [T] to add something to an object or place, especially in order to make it more attractive: They decorated the wedding car with ribbons and flowers.B1 [I or T] mainly UK ( US usually redecorate) to paint the inside or outside of a house or put paper on the inside walls: We're going to decorate the kitchen next week. I hate the smell of paint when I'm decorating.
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decorate verb (HONOUR)

[T] to reward or honour a person by giving them something, especially a medal: They were decorated for their part in the rescue.
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