WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•broi•der /ɛmˈbrɔɪdɚ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. Clothing to decorate with embroidery:[+ object]She embroidered her dress with flowers.
  2. Clothing to form by or with embroidery:[+ object]She embroidered flowers on her dress.
  3. Clothing to do embroidery:[no object]She embroiders as a way of relaxing.
  4. to add extra or imaginary details;
    embellish with ornate language:[+ object]She embroidered her story to hold her listeners' interest.
em•broi•der•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•broi•der  (em broidər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. Clothingto decorate with ornamental needlework.
  2. Clothingto 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.

  1. Clothingto do embroidery.
  2. to add embellishments;
    exaggerate (often fol. by on or upon).
em•broider•er, n. 
  • Gmc (see brad)
  • Middle French embro(u)der, equivalent. to em- em-1 + Old French brosder, derivative of brosd
  • 1350–1400; em-1 + broider; replacing Middle English embroderen, frequentative of embroden
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged elaborate, exaggerate, color, fancify.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
embroider /ɪmˈbrɔɪdə/ vb
  1. to do decorative needlework (upon)
  2. to add fictitious or fanciful detail to (a story)
  3. to add exaggerated or improbable details to (an account of an event, etc)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French embroder; see em- en-1, broider

emˈbroiderer n
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