Synonyms of 'preen'
1 smartenDictionary, admire, dress up
He spent half an hour preening in front of the mirror.
20 minutes preening themselves every morning
phrasal verbpreen yourself
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She always appeared perfectly groomed.
To prettify something, especially something that is not beautiful, means to make it appear pretty.
an attempt to prettify the town for the tourist trade
Thesaurus for preen from the Collins English Thesaurus
If someone preens themselves , they spend a lot of time making themselves look neat and attractive ; used especially if you want to show that you disapprove of this behaviour or that you find it ridiculous and amusing .