embroider Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “embroider” in the English Dictionary

"embroider" in British English

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embroiderverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪmˈbrɔɪ.dər/  us   /-dɚ/

embroider verb [I or T] (DECORATE CLOTH)

to ​decoratecloth or ​clothing with ​patterns or ​pictures consisting of stitches that are ​sewndirectly onto the ​material: I am embroidering this ​picture for my ​mother.

embroider verb [I or T] (ADD TO A STORY)

to make a ​story more ​entertaining by ​addingimaginarydetails to it: Naturally, I embroidered the ​tale a little to make it more ​interesting.
(Definition of embroider from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"embroider" in American English

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 us   /ɪmˈbrɔɪ·dər/

embroider verb (DECORATE)

[I/T] to ​decoratecloth or ​clothing with ​patterns or ​picturessewndirectly onto the ​material, or to ​create a ​pattern or ​picture in such a way

embroider verb (ADD)

[T] to make a ​story more ​entertaining by ​addingimaginarydetails to it: Caroline sometimes embroiders the ​facts, so don’t ​believe every word she says.
(Definition of embroider from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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