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 In the end however, the environment artists were the ones who had to view the project from all angles and polish the landscapes with their world-class attention to detail. Alan Henry, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Now Stardock has set out to polish the Windows 11 Start menu and its search capabilities. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 11 Aug. 2021 In recent years, Ma’s work in AIDS awareness has helped polish the image of Blued and spurred official recognition. Time, 25 June 2021 To help polish his speaking skills, Carlson joined the Poway-Black Mountain Toastmasters. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2021 The first choice is another big-box chain, which simply needs to polish the tile and put up a new facade. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 All of these would represent races on the schedule in which a road racing acumen, something an American driver could polish on the cheap in NASCAR’s Euro Series, would translate. David Smith, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Not surprisingly, many loathe the time and effort to polish. BostonGlobe.com, 7 May 2021 Female employees from the island said Mr. Wetzel and other managers ordered them to lose weight and get manicures and eyelash extensions at their own expense, in order to polish the image the restaurant wanted to project. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As for the tips, manicurists often reach for a creamy, off-white polish for the latest American manicures. Devon Abelman, Allure, 29 Sep. 2021 Beige and pink wallpaper, porcelain countertop lined with rosewater skincare products and a bottle of her signature nail polish (Essie, Ballet Slipper). Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2021 For example, the two concentric rows of gemstones within the Knife Edge stacking ring are separated by a protruding circle of gold that imbues the ring with some edgy, sculptural polish. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 His defense can border on spectacular, and perhaps needs just the passing of time to add necessary polish. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 What stylist gay told Candiance that anything about this look — the nude illusion, the puffy velvet sleeves, the mismatched nail-polish color, the red eye shadow with a line of Wite-Out through the center — was okay? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 19 July 2021 For the ultimate in effortless winter style: Pair an oversized sweater with leggings, and add polish with knee-high boots. Kim Peiffer, Glamour, 30 Nov. 2020 To keep the items in top condition, gently clean with a soft cloth and maybe add a drop to two of furniture polish. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 Begin the two-step system by applying a couple coats of the gel couture nail polish. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2021

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

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“Polish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polish. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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polish

verb

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 4 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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