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Accessorize vs accessorise

Accessorize means to enhance an outfit with a complementary item such as a purse or scarf. Accessorize is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are accessorizes, accessorized, accessorizing.  Accessory comes to mean a woman’s smaller articles of dress in 1896, the word accessorize follows in 1939 as a back formation from the word accessory. Accessorize is the North American spelling.

Accessorise is the preferred British spelling, related words are accessorises, accessorised, accessorising. The American spelling of accessorize is also considered correct and is gaining acceptance around the world. Accessorize and accessorise are examples of a group of words that are spelled with a “z” in American English and with an “s” in British English.


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Examples

But more importantly, we care more about whether Leo will once again accessorize with his vape pen. (Maxim Magazine)

The Orange Is the New Black actress opted for a white ethereal Carmen Marc Valvo gown for the big night, adding a black clutch and drop earrings to accessorize the look. (The Toronto Sun)

Now that your feet are taken care of, it’s time to accessorize accordingly. (The Observer)

Both favored two-button jackets, accessorizing with natty pocket squares and tie bars. (Vogue Magazine)

Accessorizing is also a helpful way to work out amazing looks, use an embellished head band with messy updos or open curls, statement accessory like a boho band to go with a little cute dress. (The Times of India)

Accessorising with a brace of gold bangles, the Great Granddaughter of Conrad Hilton wore topped her look off with a simple silver heart-shaped pendant. (The Daily Mail)

Yes, you heard it right, now you can accessorise your nails with a real gem and not just with nail art, sticker or glitter. (The Asian Age)

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