to make or become beautiful.
Historical Examples

Decoration is the science and art of beautifying objects and rendering them more pleasing to the eye.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 598, June 18, 1887 Various

She will do her own beautifying work, and everybody will know her sign.
My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year John Henry Jowett

These studies were followed only for the purpose of perfecting and beautifying the personality.
Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius

A treatise on beautifying homes, rural districts and cemeteries.
Your Plants James Sheehan

It is to this unity of the arts we owe the fact that the art of beautifying the home took its proper place.
Furnishing the Home of Good Taste Lucy Abbot Throop

That recalled Mom Beck’s prescription for beautifying the complexion.
The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston

The best architects, the best labourers, and the best painters were employed in beautifying it.
Venice Dorothy Menpes

Dorry did look happy; and as bliss is beautifying, he looked handsome as well.
In the High Valley Susan Coolidge

Of the works that Charles constructed for the beautifying of his capital, several are reflected in the waters of Vltava.
From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker

For a republic will never do toward the beautifying a city or country what an Emperor will.
Nasby in Exile David R. Locke

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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