to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner.
Historical Examples

“It is in bad taste, to say the least, to bedeck the bride in such a ceremony,” she said cuttingly.
Louisiana Lou William West Winter

Advantage was taken of these presents to bedeck the child in every variety of smartness.
Fasting Girls William Alexander Hammond

You seek to advance in the paths of useful knowledge, but neglect not the flowers that bedeck the way.
An Address, Delivered Before the Was-ah Ho-de-no-son-ne or New Confederacy of the Iroquois Henry R. Schoolcraft

These people are great hands to bedeck themselves with flowers.
Through the South Seas with Jack London Martin Johnson

So I shall tell her, and she will not fail to bedeck herself with them.
Mrs. Vanderstein’s jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce

We bedeck and bedrape our poetry with trappings without which it is better off.
The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell

Deck and bedeck are commonly said of apparel; as, a mother bedecks her daughter with silk and jewels.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald

Religion is the brightest ornament with which the young can bedeck themselves.
Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness John Mather Austin

He is less inclined to bedeck them with frills but he will plan years ahead for their education.
How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

Sydney and Georgina would not need to scrimp little Queenie’s share of finery to bedeck themselves now were she living.
The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie’s Terrible Secret Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller

(transitive) to cover with decorations; adorn

1560s, from be- + deck (v.). Related: Bedecked; bedecking.


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