Adorn vs. Decorate

Adorn vs. Decorate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Adorn and Decorate

Adornverb

To lend beauty to

flowers adorned the walkway.

Decorateverb

To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.

Adornverb

To enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments

"[He] requires the presence of titles to legitimate and adorn ... his imperfect status" (Cynthia Ozick).

Decorateverb

To confer a medal or other honor on

was decorated for bravery.

Adornverb

To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.

a man adorned with noble statuary and columnsa character adorned with every Christian gracea gallery of paintings was adorned with the works of some of the great masters

Decorateverb

(transitive) To furnish with decorations.

We decorated the Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles.

Adornnoun

(obsolete) adornment

Decorateverb

(transitive) To improve the appearance of an interior of, as a house, room, or office.

There's some paint left over from when we decorated the guest bedroom.

Adornadjective

(obsolete) adorned; ornate

Decorateverb

(intransitive) To decorate an interior space, as a house, room, or office.

People tend to decorate for the holidays or special events.

Adornverb

make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.;

Decorate the room for the partybeautify yourself for the special day

Decorateverb

(transitive) To honor by providing a medal, ribbon, or other adornment.

He was a decorated soldier who served in three wars.

Adornverb

be beautiful to look at;

Flowers adorned the tables everywhere

Decorateverb

To extend a method, etc. by attaching some further code item.

It makes sure that the field name argument is not empty, and that the field specified there is an actual existing field in the class which declares the method decorated with this attribute.

Adornverb

furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

Decorateverb

make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.;

Decorate the room for the partybeautify yourself for the special day

Decorateverb

be beautiful to look at;

Flowers adorned the tables everywhere

Decorateverb

award a mark of honor, as a medal, to

Decorateverb

provide with decoration;

dress the windows