brush up


brushed up; brushing up; brushes up

transitive verb

: to improve or polish as if by brushing
: 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
brushup noun

Examples of brush up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also lending a hand: Brexit, which persuaded many international galleries to brush up on their French. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 4 May 2024 And maybe brush up on your late-90s hip hop dance moves. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 2 May 2024 The second weekend kicks off next week, hopefully giving Grimes another chance to at least brush up on her math skills., 14 Apr. 2024 During your time here, brush up on Sheridan's history and cowboy culture at the Don King Museum and Fort Phil Kearny. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2024 Other than brushing up on their Photoshop skills — and not blaming the whole thing on Kate, a woman with cancer. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 In a photo shared to Instagram, the Citadel actress made a kissy face with a fluffy makeup brush up to her face while her daughter looked up at her from her arms. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 In the meantime, lawyers are urging border residents — including U.S. citizens — to brush up on their rights. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 Though it’s billed as a continuation of The Animated Series, X-Men ’97 thankfully does not require brushing up on intricate lore from the tail end of the last century. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brush up was circa 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Brush up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

brush up

: to refresh one's memory, skill, or knowledge
brush up on your Spanish

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