V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to add beauty or interest through details; 2. to exaggerate

Synonyms: decorate, adorn, garnish, ornament, enhance, exaggerate, elaborate

Antonyms: mar, tarnish, spoil

Tips: Embellish comes from the old French word embellir or "to make beautiful." Embelish is related to the word beauty in English. Embellish can be used to describe making something more beautiful or interesting. Embellished is often used in the context of embellished stories, or accounts of exaggerated deeds. The idea of embellish is to try to make something more beautiful or impressive than it really is. If you embellish a story, you add to it in order to make it more interesting.

Usage Examples:

My brother has a tendency to embellish his stories a bit, so take what he says with a grain of salt. (exaggerate)

The dance hall was embellished with flowers, garlands, and many fine details. (decorated, adorned) adjective

If you embellish your resume, you may find yourself in a quandary when your new employers have expectations you cannot meet. (enhance, exaggerate)

He likes to embellish his accomplishments and make himself sound more successful than he really is. (exaggerate)

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