dec·o·rate /ˈdɛkəˌreɪt/ verb dec·o·rates; dec·o·rat·ed; dec·o·rat·ing
to make (something) more attractive usually by putting something on it [+ obj
] ▪ Several expensive paintings decorate [=adorn] the walls. ▪ I always enjoy decorating the Christmas tree. ▪ I decorated my apartment in dark colors. ▪ a beautifully decorated box
— often + with ▪ We're going to decorate the room with balloons and flowers for her birthday party. ▪ The gift was beautifully decorated with lace and ribbons.
] ▪ I love decorating [=putting up decorations] for the holidays.
to give a medal or award to (someone, such as a soldier) — usually used as (be) decorated ▪ He was decorated for courage during the war. ▪ a decorated war veteran