\ 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



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 Five of Ella’s fellow police officers also showed up to paint, plant and put in pine straw. Michelle Matthews |, al, 9 June 2021 For the most classic (and easiest) take on rainbow nails, simply paint each nail a different shade. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 8 June 2021 Making the tiny nanoparticles used in everything from electronics to paint isn't easy. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Wired, 7 June 2021 Authorities had previously tried to paint Ellis as the aggressor. NBC News, 27 May 2021 Els Morris, 14, and her sister Jane, 13, of Newington, came out to paint after hearing about the event from their school. Kassi Jackson,, 23 May 2021 In this case, despite the salacious and frankly racist attempts to paint Ms. Jones as undeserving and at fault for the death of her unborn child, Washington used discretion to make a call that was about preserving humanity in a moment of tragedy. Jason Williams, Time, 21 May 2021 Local artists will be commissioned to paint and design the cars. Rachel Ryan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2021 Bitcoin influencers have waged a vigorous campaign over the last year to paint the cryptocurrency as environmentally friendly. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Antetokounmpo barreled into the paint for dunks, and Middleton had his 3-ball going as the pair combined for Milwaukee’s first 30 points and a 21-point lead over the Brooklyn Nets. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 Mann flashes deep into the paint, calls for Leonard to make the pass, and attracts a swarm of defenders. Shane Young, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Connecticut was getting the ball deep into the paint for the front-court combination of Jonquel Jones and Bri Jones. Mike Mavredakis,, 5 June 2021 Clippers wing Terance Mann tracked Dallas’ Luka Doncic into the paint before leaping to swat the shot. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 In order to stop the lob pass, the man defending the corner 3-point shooter drops into the paint. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021 Having Noel at the rim may help limit opportunities for Young to connect with Capela and Collins, while Ntilikina may get more time on the floor to keep Young from getting into the paint, something Thibodeau said was a possibility on Wednesday. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Late in the first quarter, Anthony drove into the paint and tried to get off a shot but was met by Lakers center Andre Drummond. Roy Parry,, 29 Apr. 2021 Center Teaira McCowan sets a screen on rookie Kysre Gondrezick before backing her way into the paint and establishing position on second-year forward Lauren Cox. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of paint


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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



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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