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 brush up (audio) \ noun

Examples of brush up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jessica Biel had to brush up on her baby basics after welcoming her second child. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 13 Sep. 2021 He's reinvented himself as a popular Bollywood star (which meant Nanjiani had to brush up on his dancing skills). Devan Coggan, EW.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Some may deny needing it, but it’s never a bad idea to brush up and be prepared for curveballs that may come from a journalist. Beck Bamberger, Forbes, 18 June 2021 In spite of classroom closures and the city’s rising case rate, many parents have been relieved to send their children off each morning this summer to play with peers and brush up on math, writing and science before the start of the new school year. New York Times, 28 July 2021 Step outside and brush up on some impressive military history nestled in this Alabama town, a perfect plays to snap a selfie and pay respects to those who served. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 10 June 2021 Someone needs to brush up on her classics because that's some hubris, Pretty Mess! Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 6 Aug. 2021 The jump-start also gave students a chance to brush up on skills that may have grown rusty. Vanessa Mccray, ajc, 5 Aug. 2021 Using the soap paste, lightly brush up your eyebrows, making sure to coat the hairs. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Brush up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brush%20up. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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