to make or become beautiful.
Contemporary Examples

It was a beautified camp the Nazis used to dupe international visitors and officials.
How Do You Write About the Holocaust? Ilana Bet-El May 4, 2013

Historical Examples

However, the Temple is not beautified throughout with equal elaboration.
The House of the Lord James E. Talmage

After we left it, Hampden was restored, beautified, and refurnished.
A Writer’s Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II Mrs. Humphry Ward

Theodore, who beautified it, had to seek refuge there when Andronicus II.
Constantinople William Holden Hutton

The walls were not beautified with pictures, nor were the rooms furnished with taste.
Three Addresses to Girls at School James Maurice Wilson

Green trees were set out in front of the company grounds, which beautified and made them enchanting.
History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service John R. Kinnear

He beautified the Church Services, and made the ritual more ornate.
History of the Moravian Church J. E. Hutton

It bounded toward a round bed of evergreens that beautified the factory grounds.
Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942 Various

The church itself is very ancient, and has been recently beautified.
Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Pierce Egan

The wealth of her graces was inexhaustible—she beautified the commonest action; a word, a look from her, seemed magic.
The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

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

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


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