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 Seek the help of a partner or close friend to refine and polish them. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 12, 2019: Happy birthday Emmy Rossum; Pisces, meditate to improve your mood," 12 Sep. 2019 John Tyler, who oversees the Riverside station, said Moye could often be found polishing his department-issue Harley-Davidson in the back of the building. Los Angeles Times, "Riverside shootout between cop doing his ‘dream job’ and troubled felon ends in heartbreak," 14 Aug. 2019 Whilst manager Paul Lambert was polishing the brass on the Titanic, Shaqiri was angling an escape on a Liverpool lifeboat, and deservedly so. SI.com, "Xherdan Shaqiri: From Relegation to Champions League Winner in 4 Short Premier League Years," 11 Aug. 2019 Once it's completely rinsed, dry and polish it with a clean, dry cloth. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Clean Your Oven With Supplies You Already Have," 17 Sep. 2018 Work on concrete grinding, staining and polishing in the cafeteria commons has started, and is scheduled for completion by mid-July. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's new Meadow View Elementary is nearing completion ahead of the new school year," 28 June 2019 And now the trophy will head east for another do-or-die scenario, bound for one final round of polishing after Boston polished off the Blues, 5–1. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Bruins’ Core Steps Up to Counterpunch Blues, Take Stanley Cup Final the Distance," 10 June 2019 On 16 of the tools, the microscopic striations and polishing on the stone matched the sorts of wear caused by cutting fish or meat. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 Little recalls polishing his own football shoes the night before a game. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Broncos great Floyd Little reveled in the toughness of old-school football," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their instrumental and vocal polish offered a nice counterpart to the rough-and-tumble sense of abandon long favored on stage by Richards especially and the other Stones in general. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Rolling Stones rock Rose Bowl as NASA announces ‘Rolling Stones Rock’ on Mars," 23 Aug. 2019 Justine Kurland’s Girl Pictures, feral despite their polish. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 All the layers of polish will really make the texture pop. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Tortoiseshell Nails Are Fall’s Coolest Manicure Trend," 9 Sep. 2019 Add a few drops of nail polish, then gently create swirls with a toothpick. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Polished Pumpkin," 9 Sep. 2019 Leaning into that laidback appeal, Hadid opted for a pair of loose-fitting, high-waisted denim Sandro pants that also had stitching down the front, lending the look a hint of polish. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Puts a Supermodel Spin on the Canadian Tuxedo," 29 Aug. 2019 Aesthetically, the main dining room will remain relatively unchanged, outside of some polish being added to wood surfaces, leather booths being re-upholstered and maybe a widening of the dining room and entryway area. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Tosca Cafe to reopen with new owners Nancy Oakes, Anna Weinberg and Ken Fulk," 7 Aug. 2019 For the 2019 Allure Best of Beauty Awards, our editors tested hundreds of polishes, base coats, topcoats and more to bring you the absolute best of the best in nail care. Allure, "The 16 Best Nail Polishes and Nail-Care Products of the Year," 16 Sep. 2019 The paint was good and just needed a good polish, and then the signing was done. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: 1919 Model T represents company’s 100 years," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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31 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for polish

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

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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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