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1polish

verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\

: to make (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it

: to improve (something) : to make (something) better than it was before

: to put nail polish on (a fingernail or toenail)

Full Definition of POLISH

transitive verb
1
:  to make smooth and glossy usually by friction :  burnish
2
:  to smooth, soften, or refine in manners or condition
3
:  to bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state :  perfect
intransitive verb
:  to become smooth or glossy by or as if by friction
pol·ish·er noun

Examples of POLISH

  1. He spent the summer polishing his math skills.
  2. <you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance>

Origin of POLISH

Middle English polisshen, from Anglo-French poliss-, stem of polir, from Latin polire
First Known Use: 14th century

2polish

noun

: a substance that is rubbed on a surface to make it smooth and shiny

: a smooth and shiny surface

: good quality or style that comes from practice or effort

Full Definition of POLISH

1
a :  a smooth glossy surface :  luster
b :  freedom from rudeness or coarseness :  culture
c :  a state of high development or refinement
2
:  the action or process of polishing
3
:  a preparation that is used to produce a gloss and often a color for the protection and decoration of a surface <furniture polish> <nail polish>

Examples of POLISH

  1. I need more shoe polish.
  2. Did you use a wax polish on the table or an oil-based one?
  3. The movie has the polish we've come to expect from that director.
  4. He's rude and lacks polish.

First Known Use of POLISH

1679

1Polish

adjective Pol·ish \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of POLISH

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, the Poles, or Polish

Origin of POLISH

Pole
First Known Use: 1592

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

2Polish

noun

: the language of Poland

the Polish : the people of Poland

Full Definition of POLISH

:  the Slavic language of the Poles

First Known Use of POLISH

1671

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym
POLISHED Defined for Kids

1polish

verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\
pol·ishedpol·ish·ing

Definition of POLISH for Kids

1
:  to make smooth and shiny usually by rubbing <polish silver>
2
:  to improve in manners, condition, or style <I took a few hours to polish my speech.>
pol·ish·er noun
polish off
:  to finish completely <We polished off the whole cake.>

2polish

noun

Definition of POLISH for Kids

1
:  a smooth and shiny surface <the polish of the table>
2
:  a substance for making a surface smooth and shiny <shoe polish> <metal polish>
3
:  good manners :  refinement

1Polish

adjective Pol·ish \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of POLISH for Kids

:  of or relating to Poland, the Poles, or Polish

2Polish

noun

Definition of POLISH for Kids

:  the language of the Poles

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