Meaning of “decorate” in the English Dictionary

"decorate" in British English

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decorateverb

uk /ˈdek.ə.reɪt/ us /ˈdek.ər.eɪt/

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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(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)