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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In addition to chatting with Heughan, during his visit today, Prince Charles met with students, took in a few performances, and even painted a prop! Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Sam Heughan Shares a Laugh with Prince Charles in Scotland," 3 May 2019 Hadley famously oversaw a renovation of the Neighborhood House's lobby in the 1970s and led a group in painting wastebaskets to sell at the House's annual Christmas bazaar. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Interiors include open layouts, vaulted and 9-foot ceilings, finished two-car garages, solid-surface countertops in kitchen and bathrooms, white painted millwork and engineered wood flooring. Landed Gentry Homes And Communities, The Seattle Times, "Free Tulip Festival passes available with model tour," 11 Apr. 2019 The fighters, bare metal with a red and black roundel painted on the tail, were the pride of the Albanian Air Force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Albania’s Underground Air Force Doesn’t Look So Good," 1 Apr. 2019 The models wore their hair pulled back into tight buns, and black lines painted on either side of their face, from their eyelids to their hairline—and the effect, well. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Can Someone Tell Me What Is Happening In This Fashion Show From Hell?," 15 Jan. 2019 The yellow ribbon badge, featuring a small portrait of the Queen painted on glass and surrounded by diamonds, is bestowed by the sovereign as a reward for outstanding service to the crown. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Like a Real-Life Cinderella in This Sparkly Jenny Packham Gown at the Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 On May 24, swastikas and racial epithets, including one that Howard County police said targeted the school’s African-American principal, were found painted on school campus sidewalks, outside walls and the parking lot. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Grand jury indicts teens accused of hate crimes at Glenelg High School," 13 July 2018 The two-dimensional works, painted on aluminum and on wooden slabs, more closely resemble astral fireworks or pools of microscopic life. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Spartanburg Christian senior Grayson Ray once had the temerity to stand in the paint as Williamson stampeded in his direction with a full head of steam. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Few. The Proud. The Players Who Have Been Run Over by Zion Williamson.," 5 Dec. 2018 Johnson put the ball on the floor to beat the 7-1 Zhou Qi to get in the paint. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Evaluating 4 key performances for Pacers in Las Vegas summer league opening loss," 6 July 2018 The agency points out the majority of homes in the area were built before 1978 leaving the community and children vulnerable to a high exposure of lead in the paint. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Homes settles with EPA over lead paint regulations," 5 June 2018 Courtesy Judd Foundation Unlike Hans Hofmann, who famously used color and texture in paint to create the illusion of depth, Judd sought to flatten the surface. Siobhan Morrissey, miamiherald, "These paintings are rarely shown. You can see them in Miami's Design District. | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Arsenic-tinted green paint was common through the 19th century, even after people understood that the element was poisonous to ingest. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Three poisonous books were found in University of Southern Denmark’s library," 10 July 2018 For World Cup, no doubt, it has been spruced up with a fresh coat of paint. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 However, the Health Department did not notify the Housing Authority for most of these cases, meaning that the city did not do inspections on the children’s homes for the presence of lead paint. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 Crawford uses a high-quality paint meant for outdoors and is resistant to fading. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Hurricane Harvey mural in progress in Westchase District," 11 June 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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