pol·​ished | \ˈpä-lisht \

Definition of polished 

1 : subjected to polishing : made smooth and glossy by or as if by polishing a polished surface polished silver

2 : characterized by a high degree of development, finish, or refinement : free from imperfections a polished performance/performer a highly polished piece of writing

3 somewhat old-fashioned : characterized by elegance and refinement a polished gentleman polished society

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This new version is directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who made Twilight and Lords of Dogtown, and seems to have a much more polished and action-forward approach. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Black Monday, Narcos: Mexico, Destroyer, and more," 20 Oct. 2018 The new Slimane design is sleek, shiny, and more polished than its predecessors. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga Is the First Person to Carry This Meaningful Céline Bag," 30 Aug. 2018 Being shadowed all over the field, in some ways, has made Bodine a more polished player. Chris Melchiorre, Philly.com, "Lacrosse wins mean more than records to Cherokee's Gab Bodine," 10 May 2018 His new sake for everyday drinking, Easy Cup, is a junmai premium sake made from highly polished rice by Gekkeikan, a centuries-old Japanese company. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Sake for Everyday Drinking," 30 Apr. 2018 The highest response rates coincide with brands that have the most polished graphics and video, says Mr. Horwitz. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why You’re Buying Products From Companies You’ve Never Heard Of," 4 Oct. 2018 Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey and Texas’ Connor Williams are the most polished of the early-round tackles, but UCLA’s Kolton Miller, Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby and Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill might have higher ceilings considering their raw athleticism. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Will Eagles finally find Jason Peters' replacement in NFL draft?," 25 Apr. 2018 Darnold is the most polished of the four, but possesses a wind-up throwing motion that concerns some evaluators. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins hosting quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen on draft visits," 12 Apr. 2018 His skill set as a scorer isn’t polished, as smart defenders have already picked up on his tendencies and begun to sit on him coming back to his left hand when operating inside. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of polished

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polished

Middle English polisshed, from past participle of polisshen to polish

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