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  1. adding a decorative element to an object (or giving a gift to a person) for purposes of enhancing the subject's beauty such as adding ornaments to a Christmas tree
  2. bestowing gifts and honors upon someone who is held in high regard and esteem (as in "decorating" a soldier with medals)
  3. an object that is given to a person to honor them and enhance their beauty (such as adorning a woman with jewels)
  4. enhancing a person's existing skills and abilities through positive encouragement or training
  5. adorning someone or something beyond what is appropriate or sensible (as in "gilding the lily")


adorns, adorned, adornment

Related terms

decorate, gild, ornament, accentuate, accessorize, fix up, highlight