paint

verb
\ ˈpānt \
painted; painting; paints

Definition of paint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to apply color, pigment, or paint to
(2) : to color with a cosmetic
b(1) : to apply with a movement resembling that used in painting
(2) : to treat with a liquid by brushing or swabbing paint the wound with iodine
2a(1) : to produce in lines and colors on a surface by applying pigments
(2) : to depict by such lines and colors
b : to decorate, adorn, or variegate by applying lines and colors
c : to produce or evoke as if by painting paints glowing pictures of the farm
3 : to touch up or cover over by or as if by painting
4 : to depict as having specified or implied characteristics paints them whiter than the evidence justifies— Oliver La Farge

intransitive verb

1 : to practice the art of painting
2 : to use cosmetics

paint

noun

Definition of paint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of painting : something produced by painting
2 : makeup especially : a cosmetic to add color
3a(1) : a mixture of a pigment and a suitable liquid to form a closely adherent coating when spread on a surface in a thin coat
(2) : the pigment used in this mixture especially when in the form of a cake a box of paints
b : an applied coating of paint
4 or paint horse : a horse marked with patches of white and another color : pinto specifically : american paint horse
6 : color manipulation on a computer screen in a manner reminiscent of painting usually used before another noun a paint program

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Examples of paint in a Sentence

Verb

I need to paint the bookcase. We're going to paint the room yellow. The classroom wall was painted with clouds and rainbows. He painted that portrait of his wife. She painted the landscape on a square canvas. I like to draw and my sister likes to paint. The beauty of the world inspires me to paint. He paints mostly in oils. The study paints a bleak picture of the effects of pollution on animal life.

Noun

Apply paint to the canvas in a series of short strokes. I need more blue paint. The old walls are coated with several layers of paint. a can of latex paint The house needs a fresh coat of paint. The store sells many different paints. Did you chip the paint? The car's paint is cracking.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The wall paint is custom, and the balcony screens are wooden moucharaby painted in black enamel. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 Small wooden doors with the owners’ names painted in copperplate. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The recipient of an MSA Recognition Award, the store was transformed into the artist’s studio and painted in the same colors as the exhibition, with several design touches extending the gallery directly into the retail space. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 When the pair sit down for the final interview, Dawson goes through a long list of sins that paint Jake Paul in a negative light. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Jake Paul’s racism controversy reveals the flaw in Shane Dawson’s docuseries," 19 Oct. 2018 The work boasts whimsical imagery, painted in a crazy, clashing palette by an artist whose creations make his roots in street art clear. Morgan Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Mac Blackout brings street art with a flair to Uncle Art Gallery," 13 July 2018 The bridge was completed in 1929 and was last painted in the 1980s. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Clark Memorial Bridge gets a fresh coat of buttery yellow paint," 9 July 2018 Her sister, María Pacheco, 78, has her porch painted in clean gray and white. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Latinos connect with Caribbean roots through ornate porch gates," 5 July 2018 And there are portraits of farmers and domestic workers that Cézanne painted in the decade before his death, at 67, in 1906, by which time the rebel had become a devout Roman Catholic and vehement Provençal nativist. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He and Rodriguez-Rodriguez study the behavior of various fluids (including paints), and carbonation is a particularly fascinating topic within that discipline. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 Research scientists at Rise developed a composite wood without additives like paint or dye, which gives its bright white color. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018 The eleven poppy patterns represent a range of Benz's inspirations, like a two-color graffiti print called El Quijote, a splatter paint Corner Deli, and Madison Stripe, which was based off traditional African textiles. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Chris Benz's Wallshoppe Wallpaper Collection Is Everything," 26 Nov. 2018 The show opens with a graffiti artist wielding a can of spray paint… but holding off from actually painting with it. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "CT Rep Gets Historical For 2018-19; Downtown Cabaret Announces Season," 11 July 2018 Joey's look took advantage of her recent haircut, with face paint that covered her entire head. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Went as Voldemort for Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 Creating a flawlessly freaky look with face paint doesn't have to be scary — there are tons of easy Halloween makeup tutorials out there. Ramona Emerson, Allure, "How to Remove Your Halloween Makeup and Face Paint Without Wrecking Your Skin," 15 Oct. 2018 Decorate the outer sleeve of the box with paint, cut-out letters and paper as desired. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Black women were at the forefront of activism to remove Sims’ statue from the Park; Black Youth Project 100 staged a protest last August, where a group of women rallied in front of Sims’ statue, their gowns saturated with blood-red paint. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "It's Not Just Confederate Monuments—all Statues of Problematic Men Must Go," 12 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of paint

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for paint

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French paint, peint, past participle of peindre, from Latin pingere to tattoo, embroider, paint; akin to Old English fāh variegated, Greek poikilos variegated, pikros sharp, bitter

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paint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of paint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover (something) with paint : to put paint on (something)

: to make (a picture or design) by using paints

: to describe (someone or something) in a particular way

paint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a liquid that dries to form a thin colored layer when it is spread on a surface

: a layer of dried paint on a surface

paint

verb
\ ˈpānt \
painted; painting

Kids Definition of paint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cover a surface with or as if with paint I'm painting the wall.
2 : to make a picture or design by using paints
3 : to describe clearly The report painted an encouraging picture of restored habitats.

Other Words from paint

painter noun

paint

noun

Kids Definition of paint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mixture of coloring matter with a liquid that forms a dry coating when spread on a surface

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