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polish

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verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\

Definition of polish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make smooth and glossy usually by friction :  burnish

  3. 2 :  to smooth, soften, or refine in manners or condition

  4. 3 :  to bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state :  perfect

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become smooth or glossy by or as if by friction

polisher

noun

Examples of polish in a sentence

  1. He spent the summer polishing his math skills.

  2. <you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance>

Origin and Etymology of polish

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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polish

noun pol·ish

Definition of polish

  1. 1 a :  a smooth glossy surface :  luster b :  freedom from rudeness or coarseness :  culture c :  a state of high development or refinement

  2. 2 :  the action or process of polishing

  3. 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>

Examples of polish in a sentence

  1. I need more shoe polish.

  2. Did you use a wax polish on the table or an oil-based one?

  3. The movie has the polish we've come to expect from that director.

  4. He's rude and lacks polish.

1679

First Known Use of polish

1679


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Polish

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adjective Pol·ish \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of Polish

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

Origin and Etymology of polish

Pole


First Known Use: 1592

Other Language Terms


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Polish

noun pol·ish

Definition of Polish

  1. :  the Slavic language of the Poles

1671

First Known Use of polish

1671

Other Language Terms



POLISH Defined for English Language Learners

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polish

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verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\

Definition of polish for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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polish

noun pol·ish

Definition of polish for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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Polish

noun pol·ish

Definition of Polish for English Language Learners

  • : the language of Poland

  • the Polish : the people of Poland


POLISH Defined for Kids

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polish

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verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\

Definition of polish for Students

polished

polishing

  1. 1 :  to make smooth and shiny usually by rubbing <polish silver>

  2. 2 :  to improve in manners, condition, or style <I took a few hours to polish my speech.>

polisher

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polish off

  1. :  to finish completely <We polished off the whole cake.>


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polish

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noun pol·ish

Definition of polish for Students

  1. 1 :  a smooth and shiny surface <the polish of the table>

  2. 2 :  a substance for making a surface smooth and shiny <shoe polish> <metal polish>

  3. 3 :  good manners :  refinement


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Polish

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adjective Pol·ish \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of Polish for Students

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


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Polish

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noun pol·ish

Definition of Polish for Students

  1. :  the language of the Poles



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