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Meaning of embroider

em•broi•der

Pronunciation: (em-broi'dur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to decorate with ornamental needlework.
  2. to produce or form in needlework.
  3. to adorn or embellish rhetorically, esp. with ornate language or fictitious details: He embroidered the account of the shipwreck to hold his listeners' interest.
—v.i.
  1. to do embroidery.
  2. to add embellishments; exaggerate (often fol. by on or upon).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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