to make or become beautiful.
Contemporary Examples

She says she wanted to create a place where people could receive the “euphoria” that comes from beautification and pampering.
A Picasso Manicure? The Rise of Fine-Art Nails. Erin Cunningham September 2, 2013

Historical Examples

Some of them are so gutted by gully wash that any attempt at beautification would be worse than useless.
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States Work Projects Administration

Then the facilities for divorce presented in the United States are an important factor in the beautification process.
The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4 Various

I came into the world with the face Im wearing to-day, though its undergone a process of beautification in the intervening years.
The Gray Phantom’s Return Herman Landon

Further, a beautification program for the entire region might keep some of the employee class busy for some time.
Final Weapon Everett B. Cole

Whatever the age possessed of skill and merit in every branch of art was employed for the beautification of the new Chatsworth.
With the World’s Great Travellers, Volume 3 Various

Three tables at least, full of materials in methodised confusion—all tending to the beautification of the human form divine.
Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

There is the attempt at the beautification of life, which we call art.
Horace and His Influence Grant Showerman

Babylon, however, is the beloved city of Marduk, and upon its beautification and improvement Hammurabi expends his chief energy.
The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Morris Jastrow

Put these trees where they can spread the message of production and beautification combined.
Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting Various

verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become beautiful

1630s, from beauty + -fication.

mid-15c., “to make beautiful,” from beauty + -fy. Intransitive sense, “to become beautiful,” is recorded from 1590s. Related: Beautified; beautifying.


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