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Meaning of “decorate” in the English Dictionary

"decorate" in British English

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decorateverb

uk   us   /ˈdek.ə.reɪt/
  • 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 ​weddingcar withribbons 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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(Definition of decorate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decorate" in American English

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decorateverb [T]

 us   /ˈdek·əˌreɪt/
  • 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.
(Definition of decorate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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