US: /ˈdɛkɝˌeɪt/
UK: /dˈɛkəɹˌe‍ɪt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

decorate /'dekəreit/
  • ngoại động từ
    • trang hoàng, trang trí
    • tặng thưởng huy chương, tặng thưởng huân chương; gắn huy chương (cho ai)

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 [VN] ~ sth (with sth) to make sth look more attractive by putting things on it: They decorated the room with flowers and balloons. + The cake was decorated to look like a car.
2 (especially BrE) to put paint, WALLPAPER, etc. on the walls and ceilings of a room or house: [V] I hate decorating. + He has his own painting and decorating business. + [VN] We need to decorate the sitting room. + The sitting room needs decorating.
3 [VN] to be placed on sth in order to make it look more attractive
Synonym: ADORN
Photographs of actors decorated the walls of the restaurant.
4 [VN] [usually passive] ~ sb (for sth) to give sb a medal as a sign of respect for sth they have done: She was decorated for her efforts during the war.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 embellish, adorn, ornament, garnish, embroider, elaborate, bedeck, deck (out), trim, dress (up), spruce or smarten up, beautify, Literary caparison, Colloq Brit tart up:
We decorated the pub for the Christmas holidays.
2 Brit paint, wallpaper, redecorate, furbish, refurbish, renovate, fix up, restore:
All the bedrooms have been decorated.

Collocation dictionary

1 make sth attractive


beautifully, elaborately, elegantly, gaily, intricately, lavishly, ornately, richly
The room was lavishly decorated with tinsel and holly.


Decorate the cake with raspberries and whipped cream.

2 with paint/wallpaper


nicely, pleasantly, tastefully
The bedrooms are tastefully decorated.


The room is decorated in pale blues and greens.

3 give sb a medal


He was decorated for bravery.


highly decorated
the most highly decorated unit in the British Army

Concise English dictionary

+make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
+be beautiful to look at
+award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
+provide with decoration