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

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The last time it was measured, in 2010, about 98 percent of his county was federal land — and, because of that, people there brush up against federal agencies more than most Americans. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 In fact, there's an entire scene in this movie that might not make a whole lot sense if you're not brushed up on the entire Iron Man-Spider-Man legacy, so maybe make sure that's pretty fresh in your mind. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 30 June 2019 For the actors, that meant brushing up on their fight choreography. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba gear up for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw," 27 June 2019 And going by other recent Vatican actions, that may mean brushing up against a rightward turn in Latin American politics. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019 Wang studied what life looked like in empires’ most remote corners, where languages and cultures brushed up against one another and the power of the central government was most attenuated. Laura Dean, The New Yorker, "The Threat of War Brings New Fears to an American Hostage in Iran," 24 June 2019 Time to brush up on recent episodes of The Crown and pack our best outfits for high tea. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Summer, Tour Princess Diana's Childhood Home Like Never Before," 12 June 2019 Books and Bikinis Studying in the library isn't Elle Woods' style: Grande-as-Elle brushes up on her studies outside in a bikini and a feathered jacket. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Every Single Movie Reference in Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Music Video," 30 Nov. 2018 But on the verge of the latest royal wedding, this one for Princess Michael of Kent's daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor, now is the perfect time to brush up on your royal facts. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor's Mother, Princess Michael of Kent," 17 May 2019

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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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