paint

verb
\ ˈpānt How to pronounce paint (audio) \
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

Jolie's famous pout is painted a vibrant shade of red. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looks Both Terrifying and Beautiful in the New Maleficent Poster and I'm Shook," 7 Mar. 2019 Mine is painted California blue—people might call it baby blue—with a cream-colored top. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Mads Mikkelsen Helps Build the Death Star (Again)," 17 Jan. 2019 Inside, the walls of the main room are painted in the madder reds of a monk’s robes. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 It's painted blue and gray and is designed to look just like Air Force One. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "George H. W. Bush Will Ride to His Final Resting Place in a Train Made in His Honor," 6 Dec. 2018 But just in case there was any doubt over who's in charge, two new royal portraits of herself were just painted — one of which has some special symbolism featured on it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth II's Outfit in Her New Portrait Has a Hidden Meaning," 3 Dec. 2018 The custom cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 Mave’s left arm ended in a cocoon of stark white gauze, a bandage covered the top of her head, and her 10 toes and five fingers were painted bright pink. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 But in today’s world, Bush is often painted as an immigration radical by my fellow evangelicals. Ed Stetzer, Vox, "Fellow evangelicals: stop falling for Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Srebnick doesn’t plan to limit her projects to buildings or installations or spray paint on walls, either. Victoria Stevens, Town & Country, "Meet the Graffitti Queen of Miami," 7 Dec. 2018 Step 1: Apply deep blue face paint around the outside of your face, then add a lavender shade to the center of your face. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Snapchat Filter Halloween Costumes You Should Rock IRL," 8 Aug. 2018 The Philadelphia School District is about to embark on its ambitious plan to clean up toxic lead paint in 40 schools. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 The city collected over 4,000 gallons of used paint. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Duluth declares clean-up day success," 11 July 2018 Duncan was raised in Baltimore, bouncing between what defense attorneys describe as abusive and neglectful homes where he was exposed to lead paint. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "‘I was a poser,’ says young man caught with Islamic State propaganda and child porn," 6 July 2018 In that painting and most of the others, Carey-Realmo uses latex paint that has an assertive and borderline-chunky appearance. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 Further Reading An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong Shane's Thursday update stood out both for its timeliness and its particularly dark sense of humor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "AI invents New Year fireworks names that sound more like the end of humanity," 27 Dec. 2018 Kundig says the push and pull with the Brodskys over door swings, paint colors and load-bearing concrete walls amounted to business as usual. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 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 How to pronounce paint (audio) \
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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