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paint

verb \ ˈpānt \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of paint

transitive verb
1 a (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
2 a (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

Examples of paint in a Sentence

  1. I need to paint the bookcase.

  2. We're going to paint the room yellow.

  3. The classroom wall was painted with clouds and rainbows.

  4. He painted that portrait of his wife.

  5. She painted the landscape on a square canvas.

  6. I like to draw and my sister likes to paint.

  7. The beauty of the world inspires me to paint.

  8. He paints mostly in oils.

  9. The study paints a bleak picture of the effects of pollution on animal life.

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Origin and Etymology of paint

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

noun

Definition of paint

1 : the action of painting : something produced by painting
2 : makeup; especially : a cosmetic to add color
3 a (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

Examples of paint in a Sentence

  1. Apply paint to the canvas in a series of short strokes.

  2. I need more blue paint.

  3. The old walls are coated with several layers of paint.

  4. a can of latex paint

  5. The house needs a fresh coat of paint.

  6. The store sells many different paints.

  7. Did you chip the paint?

  8. The car's paint is cracking.

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First Known Use of paint

13th century

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PAINT Defined for English Language Learners

paint

verb

Definition of paint for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of paint for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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paint

verb \ ˈpānt \

Definition of paint for Students

painted; painting
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.

painter

noun

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paint

noun

Definition of paint for Students

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


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