Etymology
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decorate (v.)

1520s, "deck with something becoming or ornamental, adorn, beautify," from Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare "to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify," from decus (genitive decoris) "an ornament; grace, dignity, honor," from PIE root *dek- "to take, accept."

Earlier was decoren (early 15c.) with past-participle adjective decorat. Meaning "confer distinction upon by means of a badge or medal of honor" is from 1816. Related: Decorated; decorating.

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Definitions of decorate

decorate (v.)
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.;
decorate (v.)
be beautiful to look at;
Synonyms: deck / adorn / grace / embellish / beautify
decorate (v.)
award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to;
He was decorated for his services in the military
decorate (v.)
provide with decoration;
Synonyms: dress
From wordnet.princeton.edu