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decorate definition


This page has 7 definitions of decorate in English, Italian, and Latin. Decorate is a verb. Examples of how to use decorate in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English decorate definition


From Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare (to adorn, distinguish, honor), from decus (ornament, grace, dignity, honor), akin to decor (elegance, grace, beauty, ornament), from decet (adorn, befit).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛkəɹeɪt/
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  • Hyphenation: dec‧or‧ate


decorate (third-person singular simple present decorates, present participle decorating, simple past and past participle decorated)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with decorations.
    We decorated the Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles.
  2. (transitive) To improve the appearance of an interior of, as a house, room, or office.
    There's some paint left over from when we decorated the guest bedroom.
  3. (intransitive) To decorate an interior space, as a house, room, or office.
    People tend to decorate for the holidays or special events.
  4. (transitive) To honor by providing a medal, ribbon, or other adornment.
    He was a decorated soldier who served in three wars.
  5. (programming, transitive) To extend a method, etc. by attaching some further code item.
    It makes sure that the field name argument is not empty, and that the field specified there is an actual existing field in the class which declares the method decorated with this attribute.


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  • decorate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • decorate at OneLook Dictionary Search.


Italian decorate definition



  1. second-person plural present and imperative of decorare

Latin decorate definition



  1. second-person plural present active imperative of decorō