\ 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


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.


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

Oddly enough, the youngster was wearing the jersey of Giants running back Saquon Barkley and had the logo of the Cowboys’ NFC East rival painted on his face. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "DeMarcus Lawrence after blowing off young fan in Giants jersey: ‘Suck it up’," 10 Sep. 2019 Photograph the iconic murals of the open-air East Side Gallery, painted on a standing section of the Berlin Wall; and learn about the city’s Jewish history at the moving Holocaust memorial. National Geographic, "Berlin Photography Workshop," 10 Sep. 2019 The trail includes a collection of quilts painted on barns and buildings owned by local farmers., "Harford promoting agriculture with ‘Farm Finder,’ barn quilt passport," 9 Sep. 2019 Graffiti was spray painted on the northwest corner of the building and dock doors in the 300 block of Hastings Drive on Sept. 3., "Buffalo Grove store manager says 10 counterfeit $100 bills discovered in cash register: Police," 9 Sep. 2019 Below, is the picture painted by bettors and oddsmakers about the team's ultimate fate this season. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Bettors and oddsmakers don't know what to make of Texans," 9 Sep. 2019 Earlier this summer, while visiting the Willimantic Public Library, Gary Mala, EASTCONN’s Executive Director, admired the colorful mural painted on the exterior of the library building located on Main Street. Melanie Savage,, "LEAP Mural A Visual Connection Between Students, Community," 9 Sep. 2019 There is also a portrait of Lori himself painted by John Howard Sanden, who did the official portraits of George W. Bush and Laura Bush. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "W.Va. scandal muddies legacy of Vatican’s longtime fixer from Baltimore," 2 Sep. 2019 The penultimate image shows the first vaccination of Edward Jenner in 1796, painted by Melingue Gaston. The Economist, "The original anti-vaxxers," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An open can of paint was thrown Aug. 31 at the garage of a home in the 2200 block of 75th Avenue. Deborah Kadin,, "Elmwood Park, River Grove police: Jewelry, gun stolen; victims battered, paint thrown on garages," 9 Sep. 2019 As recently as early August, two dozen RTA members and volunteers gave a fresh coat of paint to the original wood fence at the park built in the late 1990s, although RTA’s plastic fence is still in good condition. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of advocating for trails," 6 Sep. 2019 The mix-and-match wood flooring makes for some abrupt changes from one room to the next, the original bathroom only got a coat of paint and the kitchen has new cabinet pulls but not much else. Richard A. Marini,, "1927 Alta Vista home gets modern addition in San Antonio," 4 Sep. 2019 The pad had been given a fresh coat of paint in recent days, and numerous vehicles had been spotted around the site in preparation for the launch attempt. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Iranian launch failure, SpaceX rideshare business booming," 30 Aug. 2019 On Thursday morning, half of that paint apparently had been burned away. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Satellite photos show apparent rocket explosion Iranian launch pad," 29 Aug. 2019 On Thursday morning, half of that paint apparently had been burned away. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Satellite images suggest Iranian rocket blew up on launch pad," 29 Aug. 2019 Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh can of paint. Tiffany Yannetta, ELLE Decor, "The Paint Shades That’ll Transform Your Home," 28 Aug. 2019 The federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint in 1978. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Toxic soil in Santa Ana? Community groups are working with UC Irvine to find out," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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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