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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: decoratus, past participle of decorare 'to decorate', from decus 'honour, decoration'

decorate

verb
     
dec‧o‧rate S3
1 [intransitive and transitive] British English to paint the inside of a room, put special paper on the walls etc:
The bathroom is decorated in green and yellow.
We plan to spend the weekend decorating.
decorate
2 [transitive] to make something look more attractive by putting something pretty on it:
Children's pictures decorated the walls of the classroom.
decorate something with something
an old-fashioned dress decorated with ribbons and lace
3 [transitive] to give someone a medal as an official sign of honour
decorating noun [uncountable]

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