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beautify

beau·ti·fy

beautify

pronunciation:
byu tih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: beautified, beautifies, beautifying
definition: to make beautiful.
Planting tulips along the sidewalk beautified the entrance.
antonyms:
deface, disfigure
similar words:
grace
derivation: beautification (n.)
Word Parts
The word beautify contains the following part:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.