to make or become beautiful.
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.
- Beauty and the beast
beauty and the beast A French fairy tale about a beautiful and gentle young woman who is taken to live with a man-beast in return for a good deed the Beast did for her father. Beauty is kind to the well-mannered Beast but pines for her family until the Beast allows her to visit them. […]
any of various shrubs of the genus Callicarpa, of southern North America, as C. americana, having clusters of bluish flowers and purple, berrylike fruit.
a Chinese shrub, Kolkwitzia amabilis, of the honeysuckle family, having showy, pinkish flowers and grown as an ornamental.
- Beauty contest
a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles. Informal. any contest, election, etc., that is decided on the basis of popularity. Contemporary Examples The Huffington Post featuring a video of the swimsuit competition from a beauty contest […]