- verb to put paint or new paper on the walls in a room
- verb to cover something with pretty or colourful things to make it look attractive or to celebrate an occasion
- verb to put coloured icing on a cake
- verb to award a medal to someone (usually for bravery or outstanding achievement)
- verb to apply paint, wallpaper and other accessories to a room or house
- verb to paint a room or a building or to put new wallpaper in a room
Origin & History of “decorate”
Decorate comes from Latin decorātus, the past participle of decorāre ‘make beautiful’, a verb derived from decus ‘ornament’. Its root, decor-, also produced the adjective decorus ‘beautiful, seemly’, from which English gets decorous (17th c.) and, via its neuter singular form, decorum (16th c.). Décor is a 19th-century borrowing from French, where it was a derivative of the verb décorer. From the same ultimate source come decent and dignity.