polish

verb
pol·​ish | \ ˈpä-lish How to pronounce polish (audio) \
polished; polishing; polishes

Definition of polish

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make smooth and glossy usually by friction : burnish
2 : to smooth, soften, or refine in manners or condition
3 : to bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state : perfect

intransitive verb

: to become smooth or glossy by or as if by friction

polish

noun (1)

Definition of polish (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : a smooth glossy surface : luster
b : freedom from rudeness or coarseness : culture
c : a state of high development or refinement
2 : the action or process of polishing
3 : a preparation that is used to produce a gloss and often a color for the protection and decoration of a surface furniture polish nail polish

Polish

adjective
Pol·​ish | \ ˈpō-lish How to pronounce Polish (audio) \

Definition of Polish (Entry 3 of 4)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, the Poles, or Polish

Polish

noun (2)

Definition of Polish (Entry 4 of 4)

: the Slavic language of the Poles

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Other Words from polish

Verb

polisher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for polish

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of polish in a Sentence

Verb He spent the summer polishing his math skills. you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance Noun (1) I need more shoe polish. Did you use a wax polish on the table or an oil-based one? The movie has the polish we've come to expect from that director. He's rude and lacks polish.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump and his allies are hoping the agreements will polish his credentials as a peacemaker with the presidential election less than two months away. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "'A turning point'," 15 Sep. 2020 During the second session from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 13, students will receive feedback and coaching to finish, revise, and polish their essays. cleveland, "Get free help with teens’ college essay from Shaker Library: Press Run," 25 Sep. 2020 To polish skin, Mullin focused on a protective base of Urban Skin Rx Complexion Protection Moisturizer SPF30, followed by Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation in 6N and 7N. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, "How Cynthia Erivo Got Ready for 2020’s Unusual Emmy Awards," 21 Sep. 2020 Here's one option from Food.com to polish them off. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Oktoberfest looks different this year, but you can still celebrate at home with these recipes," 18 Sep. 2020 The same goes for the demand to polish his footwork. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Mitch Trubisky has retained his role as the Bears’ starting quarterback. But how much patience will Matt Nagy have? And where does the team go from here?," 5 Sep. 2020 John Fang came to Davis and asked him to polish up his son for the campaign. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "James Fang, former BART director and member of powerful publishing family, dies at 58," 16 Aug. 2020 On the field, players could no longer polish the ball using saliva, in their customary way; they were obligated to use only their own sweat. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Season of Cricket Returns to the U.K.," 7 Aug. 2020 The ultimate decision on the Alaskan mine is with the president, who is trying to polish his environmental bona fides ahead of Election Day after his administration spent years rolling back environmental rules. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "President’s son Donald Jr. on Twitter calls for blocking Alaska mine in sensitive fishing area," 4 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In places like London, Melbourne, and Auckland, outdoor manicures were either not permitted or never took off—but that doesn’t mean people weren’t jonesing for polish. Lexy Lebsack, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nail Salons Are on the Brink of Collapse. How Far Will You Go to Save Them?," 15 Oct. 2020 Then, paint that nail with a grayish nude polish ($10, Sally Beauty). Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Halloween Nail Designs Way Too Pretty To Be Scary," 5 Oct. 2020 Horns displayed polish and suavity in their moments to shine in the Mendelssohn’s third movement. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony opens its 2020-2021 season with reduced numbers, in a different venue," 19 Sep. 2020 There is the relief from peer pressure to have the right kind of shoes, the right brand of jacket, the right color nail polish, the right likes in food, music, and on and on to infinity. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: National anthem protests, policing, justice, distance learning, climate change," 17 Sep. 2020 The other judges called for a little polish and gave respectable six scores across. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars': Carole Baskin claws out a paso doble in first dance, earns lowly 3 score," 15 Sep. 2020 For $50, Olive & June also offers a Studio Box, which comes with all of the tools plus one polish of your choice and a top coat. Malia Griggs, SELF, "This Manicure Box Makes Doing My Own Nails Easy and Fun," 25 Aug. 2020 To Dempsey-Jones’ surprise, Yendell and Longstaff reported using most of the tools they were asked about, including nail polish and syringes. Claudia Lopez-lloreda, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artists Who Paint With Their Feet Have Unique Brain Patterns," 30 Jan. 2020 Spa Anjali also offers a sports massage, a CBD massage and a magnesium melt in addition to the services such as sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls, crystal body polish and full-body mud wraps. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Colorado spas evolving to help skiers, hikers and athletes recover after workouts," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of polish

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Adjective

1592, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polish

Verb

Middle English polisshen, from Anglo-French poliss-, stem of polir, from Latin polire

Adjective

Pole

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Time Traveler for polish

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The first known use of polish was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Polish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polish. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for polish

polish

verb
How to pronounce Polish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of polish

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to make (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it
: to improve (something) : to make (something) better than it was before
: to put nail polish on (a fingernail or toenail)

polish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of polish (Entry 2 of 3)

: a substance that is rubbed on a surface to make it smooth and shiny
: a smooth and shiny surface
: good quality or style that comes from practice or effort

Polish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Polish (Entry 3 of 3)

: the language of Poland
: the people of Poland

polish

verb
pol·​ish | \ ˈpä-lish How to pronounce polish (audio) \
polished; polishing

Kids Definition of polish

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to make smooth and shiny usually by rubbing polish silver
2 : to improve in manners, condition, or style I took a few hours to polish my speech.
polish off
: to finish completely We polished off the whole cake.

Other Words from polish

polisher noun

polish

noun

Kids Definition of polish (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a smooth and shiny surface the polish of the table
2 : a substance for making a surface smooth and shiny shoe polish metal polish
3 : good manners : refinement

Polish

adjective
Pol·​ish | \ ˈpō-lish How to pronounce Polish (audio) \

Kids Definition of Polish

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: of or relating to Poland, the Poles, or Polish

Polish

noun

Kids Definition of Polish (Entry 2 of 4)

: the language of the Poles

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