polish

verb
pol·​ish | \ˈpä-lish \
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 \

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

complete, consummate, finalize, finish, perfect

Synonyms: Noun (1)

accomplishment, civilization, cultivation, culture, refinement

Antonyms: Noun (1)

barbarianism, barbarism, philistinism

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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

The math requirement probably makes the job a bit beyond the ken of Sean Spicer, but Anthony Scaramucci should be polishing his résumé right now. Jay Willis, GQ, "White House Aide Fired for "Security Issues" Gets Immediately Hired by Trump Campaign," 13 Mar. 2018 There were cabinets full of beautiful dishes and silver, but it wasn't polished. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 According to Brandon Specktor of Live Science, the piece of CaSiO3 was visible to the naked eye once the diamond was polished, but an international team of researchers collaborated on analyzing the precious stone with X-ray and spectroscopy tests. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamond," 9 Mar. 2018 Interior details such as white walls, stainless-steel appliances and polished concrete floors enhance the minimalist look. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "'ER' actress Sherry Stringfield sells her Malibu aerie for $3.225 million," 2 July 2018 Pathrise, a remote, part-time program that started offering an ISA option in January, helps software engineers and others polish their job-search and interviewing skills. Lindsay Gellman, The Atlantic, "Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.," 30 June 2018 In fact, a few days ago, Johnson said that May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the E.U. was pardon the quote, polishing a turd. Fox News, "Gowdy: SCOTUS confirmation process has become politicized," 10 July 2018 Since graduating from college last month, Gabriel Villagomez has been polishing his resume, updating his LinkedIn profile — and worrying. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, The Seattle Times, "Settling for a survival job right out of college can hurt your career for years," 22 June 2018 There is something missing at dozens of business schools where high-profile corporate chiefs and prominent government officials have gone to polish their management credentials: a leader. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "For U.S. Business Schools, Leaders Are Hard to Find," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her disdain for colorful nail polish, on the other hand, is well-known by now. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "How Essie’s Ballet Slippers Became the 'Safe' Shade," 18 May 2018 Gafford still lacks a level of polish and consistency and can be foul-prone. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018 Eventually, Chelsea went off to her hotel room to crash amid her zombie baby doll-land, in the toxic scent of nail polish, and clutter of props. Monica Drake, Longreads, "Doomed in Nashville," 5 Mar. 2018 On her wedding day in 2011, Sandoval painted Kate's nails with a combination of Essie's Allure polish and Bourjois' So Laque ultra-shine nail enamel. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "Royal Beauty: Duchess Kate's Favorite Beauty Products," 25 Oct. 2017 Ignore all those old wives’ tales about slathering nail polish, petroleum jelly, or other substances onto the tick. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 And audiences have grown accustomed to a high level of craft and polish, which makes them likely to stick around even when their favorite show finishes a season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Among the rules royals have to live by: No playing monopoly, no dark nail polish, and no garlic—at least not during official events. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Just Confirmed This Weird Royal Rule," 8 July 2018 In one clip, the woman pushes over a display of nail polish, which nearly hits another customer seated in a what appears to be a waiting area. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video shows angry customer trashing nail salon," 24 June 2018

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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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polishable

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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 3 of 3)

: the language of Poland

the Polish : the people of Poland

polish

verb
pol·​ish | \ˈpä-lish \
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 \

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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