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Decorate for a party with sailors (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

adorn

Here is my best explanation:

'decorate' is the definition.

('adorn' can be a synonym of 'decorate')

'a party with sailors' is the subsidiary indication.

'party' becomes 'do' (do is a kind of party).

'with' says to put letters next to each other.

'sailors' becomes 'rn' (abbreviation for Royal Navy).

'a'+'do'+'rn'='adorn'

'for' is the link.

(Other definitions for adorn that I've seen before include "get dressed!", "Deck", "Embellish, decorate", "Improve appearance", "Make more attractive", "Bedeck", "dress", "Festoon", "Beautify - decorate - enhance" and "Dress".)

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