brush up

verb
brushed up; brushing up; brushes up

Definition of brush up

transitive verb

1 : to improve or polish as if by brushing
2 : to renew one's skill in brush up your Spanish

intransitive verb

: to refresh one's memory : renew one's skill brush up on math

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Other Words from brush up

brushup \ ˈbrəsh-​ˌəp How to pronounce brushup (audio) \ noun

Examples of brush up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the cause of Castillejos’ death has not been determined, his family is urging the public to learn CPR or to brush up on the technique every few years. Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, "Carlo Castillejos, a builder of social bridges, dies at 44," 20 Aug. 2020 Arrangements were also reportedly made for Owoseni to be included in the school's National Training Curriculum, a two-week course that helps instructors brush up on their skills. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Nigerian Boy, 11, Earns Scholarship Offers After Video of Him Dancing in the Rain Goes Viral," 3 Aug. 2020 This season, brush up on the history of the Fourth of July, then celebrate the day by playing this patriotic trivia game with your friends and family. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "14 Things Every American Should Know About the Fourth of July," 29 June 2020 Experts say now is the time for workers and their employers to brush up on company rules governing conduct on and off the job. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "What Workers Need to Know About Protests—On and Off the Job," 26 June 2020 Understand, the vast majority of boosters aren’t ever accused of brushing up against women inappropriately. oregonlive, "Canzano: Harassment mess at ASU underscores booster entitlement -- and why real family must come first," 27 May 2020 Negative pressure rooms Hospitals around the state are also brushing up on the strict cleaning procedures needed to keep the virus from accumulating and spreading via hospital door knobs, counters and other surfaces. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin hospitals go through training exercises, equipment calculations to prepare for coronavirus onslaught," 12 Mar. 2020 International viewers can rejoice as the awards confirmed that the telecast will also be available for those outside of the U.S. Need to brush up on which movies and television shows are nominated? Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Watch the 2019 SAG Awards Online," 25 Jan. 2019 Hop in a channel that fits your interests (aka brush up on those Fortnite skills with pals) and enjoy! Sara Li, Teen Vogue, "5 Apps to Stream, Read, and Binge With Your Friends While Social Distancing," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of brush up

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of brush up was circa 1600

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“Brush up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brush%20up. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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